Walking Rocks?

Query: When I was in Death Valley earlier this year, I saw some enormous 750-pound rocks that appear to travel across the desert on their own. I remembered your article about rock tortoises, and wondered if that’s what these rocks could be?

Corn of Plenty (Part 4 of 4): A Field Guide by Dr. Midas Welby

Corns of the Air: Air-corns utilize their horns for jousting, playing tic-tac-toe, and spearing food in mid-flight. Air-corns often lurk undetected in trees, wood piles, and rain gutters. When bored, they use their horns to ring the doorbells of unsuspecting humans. When the door begins to open, the air-corn flies away.


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A Present For Imaginaries: When winter comes, I get concerned about providing extra shelter from the elements for Imaginaries. Recently, I read about people who build wildlife brush shelters out of branches and plants in their yards, and thought this was a great idea.

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Treesqueak, also known as Arborexusta stridens.

Range: Treesqueaks are found wherever dense stands of young trees can be found (see photo). Although more common in the North Woods, treesqueaks have been reported as far south as the Everglades.

Physical description: The treesqueak somewhat resembles a weasel in size and shape, but is almost never seen, as it can wrap itself around a tree-trunk and match the bark exactly, like a chameleon.

Characteristics: Treesqueaks are most often identified by its call, which can vary from that of a squeak, to a whine, to a wail, to a squeal, and sometimes a roar. Most commonly heard at dawn or dusk, they can be heard at any time of day or night. They are rarely aggressive, but tend to be heard more frequently when the weather is damp, during which times they seek their mates, or on windy days, when they become agitated by the swaying of the trees in which they live.

Co-endangered species: As treesqueaks spend their entire lives living in the trees, any threat to forested lands is a threat to the continued existence of their kind.

Recent sightings: Treesqueaks are almost never seen – the last time anybody saw one was in 1973 – but they are frequently heard, although often mistaken for the sound of trees rubbing against each other in the wind.

What to do: If you hear a treesqueak, remain quiet and move gently away from the trees, so that you don’t disturb them.


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