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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Billdog, also known as lorricat, jackhare, or chuckrabbit.

Range: Along roadsides across America.

Physical Description: Descriptions of the billdog vary widely, as it has only been seen at night-time, crossing a road or along a verge, as glimpsed from the inside of a moving vehicle. The billdog could be a small, black, furry animal the size of a muskrat, or possibly a larger, alligator-sized reptile that looks like a piece of shredded rubber. Occasionally glowing yellow eyes, like those of a cat but widely-set and very low to the ground, have been reported in the underbrush along the roadside. Its tracks look like those of a jackrabbit running on tiptoe, and traces of asphalt can often be found in its scat.

Characteristics: Most roadway potholes are caused by natural conditions, such as freezing and melting, and appear at specific times of year depending on the weather patterns in that part of the country. When potholes appear at odd times of year, and if the edges of those potholes appear to be chewed, it is possible that the pothole was made by a billdog.

Co-endangered species: Any animal who crosses a road at night, and therefore in danger of being hit by a car, is co-endangered with the billdog.

Recent sightings: Several billdog sightings were reported last year in Florida and Georgia, although like most billdog sightings, these occurrences could not be verified. Unfortunately, most billdogs are only sighted after they have been hit by a car and run over.

What to do: If you believe there is a billdog in your area, slow down your vehicle! It’s the best way to avoid hitting any billdogs, and their potholes.


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