S is for Scorpion #atozchallenge

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A to Z April 2017  Challenge – Animals Birds & Insects Pantoum Poetry

Photo CreditFemale Scorpion with young on her back

22 April 2017 – S is for Scorpion

Scorpions are predatory arachnids of the order Scorpiones. They have eight legs
They are found worldwide, they are not insects, they are closely related to spiders and ticks
Only about 25 of these species are known to have venom capable of killing a human being
Scorpions are easily recognized by the pair of grasping pedipalps and the narrow, segmented tail

They are found worldwide, they are not insects, they are closely related to spiders and ticks
Tail often carried in a characteristic forward curve over the back ending with a venomous stinger
They are easily recognized by the pair of grasping pedipalps and the narrow, segmented tail
Scorpions number about 1750 described species, with 13 extant families recognized to date

Tail often carried in a characteristic forward curve over the back ending with a venomous stinger
Scorpion stings are painful usually harmless to humans, treatment is not needed for healthy adults
Scorpions number about 1750 described species, with 13 extant families recognized to date
More harmful stings from species in South America, Africa, western Asia, may require medical attention

Scorpion stings are painful usually harmless to humans, treatment is not needed for healthy adults
They are generally nocturnal animals meaning they spend the day under rocks and in crevices
More harmful stings from species in South America, Africa, western Asia, may require medical attention
Most scorpions reproduce sexually, and most species have male and female individuals.

They are generally nocturnal animals meaning they spend the day under rocks and in crevices
Scorpions are carnivorous animals and paralyze their prey, coming out to hunt in the safety of darkness
Female scorpions give birth to live young in litters, ranging from four to eight or nine baby scorpions
Most scorpions reproduce sexually, and most species have male and female individuals.

Scorpions are carnivorous animals and paralyze their prey, coming out to hunt in the safety of darkness
Once the mating is complete, the male and female will separate. The male will generally retreat quickly
Most scorpions reproduce sexually, and most species have male and female individuals.
Sexual reproduction is accomplished by the transfer of a spermatophore from the male to the female

Once the mating is complete, the male and female will separate. The male will generally retreat quickly
The young are born one by one after hatching and expelling the embryonic membrane if any
Sexual reproduction is accomplished by the transfer of a spermatophore from the male to the female
The brood is carried about on its mother’s back until the young have undergone at least one molt.

The young are born one by one after hatching and expelling the embryonic membrane if any
The baby scorpion climbs onto the back of the mother scorpion almost immediately after birth
The brood is carried about on its mother’s back until the young have undergone at least one molt.
The mother scorpion will look after her babies until they are able to hunt for themselves

The baby scorpion climbs onto the back of the mother scorpion almost immediately after birth
They depend on her for protection and to regulate their moisture levels, cannot survive without her
The mother scorpion will look after her babies until they are able to hunt for themselves
Scorpions typically require between five and seven molts to reach maturity.

They depend on her for protection and to regulate their moisture levels, cannot survive without her
Only about 25 of these species are known to have venom capable of killing a human being
Scorpions typically require between five and seven molts to reach maturity.
Scorpions are easily recognized by the pair of grasping pedipalps and the narrow, segmented tail.

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Interesting information

Some species of scorpions reproduce through parthenogenesis, a process in which unfertilized eggs develop into living embryos.

Parthenogenic reproduction starts following the scorpion’s final molt to maturity and continues thereafter.

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R is for Rattlesnake #atozchallenge

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A to Z April 2017  Challenge – Animals Birds & Insects Pantoum Poetry

Photo CreditTwo male Northern Pacific rattlesnakes engaged in a “combat dance”

21 April 2017 – R is for Rattlesnake

Rattlesnakes are a group of venomous snakes of the genera Crotalus and Sistrurus
Thirty-six known species of rattlesnakes and have between sixty-five and seventy subspecies
Iconic group of snakes due to the characteristic “rattle” found at the tip of the tail
Rattlesnakes hunt and consume mice, rats, small birds, and other small animals like rabbits

Thirty-six known species of rattlesnakes and have between sixty-five and seventy subspecies
Males of some species, such as timber rattlesnakes fight each other during the mating season
Rattlesnakes hunt and consume mice, rats, small birds, and other small animals like rabbits
Their prey is killed quickly with a venomous bite as opposed to constriction

Males of some species, such as timber rattlesnakes fight each other during the mating season
If the bitten prey moves away before dying, the rattlesnake can follow it by its scent
Their prey is killed quickly with a venomous bite as opposed to constriction
Prey is ingested head-first, allowing wings and limbs to fold at the joints minimizing the meal

If the bitten prey moves away before dying, the rattlesnake can follow it by its scent
Gastric fluids of rattlesnakes are extremely powerful, allowing digestion of flesh and bone
Prey is ingested head-first, allowing wings and limbs to fold at the joints minimizing the meal
An adequate meal, the snake finds a warm, safe location and coils up until the prey is digested

Gastric fluids of rattlesnakes are extremely powerful, allowing digestion of flesh and bone
Although many kinds of snakes and other reptiles are oviparous (lay eggs)
An adequate meal, the snake finds a warm, safe location and coils up until the prey is digested
Rattlesnakes are ovoviviparous (give birth to live young after carrying eggs inside)

Although many kinds of snakes and other reptiles are oviparous (lay eggs)
Females can store semen for months in internal recesses known as spermathecae
Rattlesnakes are ovoviviparous (give birth to live young after carrying eggs inside)
Which permits them to mate during the fall, but not fertilize the ova until the following spring

Females can store semen for months in internal recesses known as spermathecae
Females often remain with their young in nests for several weeks parenting their broods
Rattlesnakes are ovoviviparous (give birth to live young after carrying eggs inside)
Any bite by a rattlesnake must be considered a life-threatening medical emergency.

Females often remain with their young in nests for several weeks parenting their broods
Iconic group of snakes due to the characteristic “rattle” found at the tip of the tail
Any bite by a rattlesnake must be considered a life-threatening medical emergency
Rattlesnakes are a group of venomous snakes of the genera Crotalus and Sistrurus.

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Q is for Quail #atozchallenge

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A to Z April 2017  Challenge – Animals Birds & Insects Pantoum Poetry

Photo Credit. – The Brown Quail

20 April 2017 – Q is for Quail

The common quail is a small ground-nesting game bird in the pheasant family Phasianidae
It inhabits woodlands and forest areas around the world, more than 15 different species
Its characteristic call of “wet my lips”, this species of quail is more often heard than seen.
It is a small, rounded bird, essentially streaked brown with a white eyestripe

It inhabits woodlands and forest areas around the world, more than 15 different species
This is a terrestrial species, feeding on seeds and insects on the ground
Its characteristic call of “wet my lips”, this species of quail is more often heard than seen.
It is  difficult to see, keeping hidden in crops, reluctant to fly, preferring to creep away instead

This is a terrestrial species, feeding on seeds and insects on the ground
Often the only indication of its presence is the distinctive “wet-my-lips”  song of the male.
It is difficult to see, keeping hidden in crops, reluctant to fly, preferring to creep away instead
Lays 6-12 eggs in a ground nest. The eggs take from 16–18 days to hatch.

Often the only indication of its presence is the distinctive “wet-my-lips” song of the male
Upon attaining an age of 6–8 weeks, this quail breeds on open arable farmland and grassland
Lays 6-12 eggs in a ground nest. The eggs take from 16–18 days to hatch.
Quail eggs are considered a delicacy in many parts of the world

Upon attaining an age of 6–8 weeks, this quail breeds on open arable farmland and grassland
The brown quail has been introduced to New Zealand it has been of least concern by threatened species
Quail eggs are considered a delicacy in many parts of the world, sometimes used raw or cooked
The brown quail is a plump, stocky bird growing to a length of 17 to 22 centimeters

The brown quail has been introduced to New Zealand it has been of least concern by threatened species
In New Zealand, it is found at altitudes up to 1,000 meters (3,300 ft) introduced in the 1860s and 1870s
Quail eggs are considered a delicacy in many parts of the world, sometimes used raw or cooked
Newly hatched chicks are precocial and are cared for by both parents for a while

In New Zealand, it is found at altitudes up to 1,000 meters (3,300 ft) introduced in the 1860s and 1870s
The male taking on the caring role after two weeks to allow the female to start on the next clutch of eggs
Newly hatched chicks are precocial and are cared for by both parents for a while
There is an extended breeding season with clutches of half a dozen or more eggs being laid

The male taking on the caring role after two weeks to allow the female to start on the next clutch of eggs
With its characteristic call of “wet my lips”, this species of quail is more often heard than seen
There is an extended breeding season with clutches of half a dozen or more eggs being laid
The common quail is a small ground-nesting game bird in the pheasant family Phasianidae.

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Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 41 – Weather & Life

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Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 41 – Weather & Life

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Simple Guidelines.

Take the words “water & life” and write a tanka poem.

English tanka poetry consists of five units, usually with the following pattern of    5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables.

You can use the picture above, your own or no picture at all.

Copy and paste the link of your finished tanka in the comments below, I will acknowledge them the following week, also share on social networks.

My tanka poem using the words “weather and life”.

spring sign of new life
gardens blooming everywhere
not easy for some
weather patterns have now changed
global warming here to stay

Bloggers that entered “Weekly Tanka Challenge – Week 40 – “season & easter”. Thank you.

The Bag Lady

Mick E Talbot

Sangbad

Sarah

Marie

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P is for Pheasant #atozchallenge

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A to Z April 2017  Challenge – Animals Birds & Insects Pantoum Poetry

Photo Credit  – Male Pheasant

19 April 2017 – P is for Pheasant

Pheasants are birds of several genera within the subfamily Phasianinae
They can be found all over the world, more than 35 different species of pheasant
The best-known is the common pheasant, which is widespread throughout the world
The female pheasant known as a hen is dull in comparison, it is brown or gray in color

They can be found all over the world, more than 35 different species of pheasant
Males being highly decorated with bright colors and adornments such as wattles
The female pheasant known as a hen is dull in comparison, it is brown or gray in color
Males are usually larger than females and have longer tails.

Males being highly decorated with bright colors and adornments such as wattles
Males play no part in rearing the young. Pheasants typically eat seeds and some insects
Males are usually larger than females and have longer tails.
They also eat berries, fruit, worms and occasionally small reptiles such as lizards

Males play no part in rearing the young. Pheasants typically eat seeds and some insects.
Humans hunt the pheasant for meat and the males for their colorful feathers
They also eat berries, fruit, worms and occasionally small reptiles such as lizards
Female pheasant lays between eight and twelve eggs per clutch which are large in size

Humans hunt the pheasant for meat and the males for their colorful feathers
The eggs hatch after an incubation of just under a month by the mother
Female pheasant lays between eight and twelve eggs per clutch which are large in size
Chicks are nursed and fed by the hen pheasant until they fly away at just a few weeks old

The eggs hatch after an incubation of just under a month by the mother
The best-known is the common pheasant, which is widespread throughout the world
Chicks are nursed and fed by the hen pheasant until they fly away at just a few weeks old
Pheasants are birds of several genera within the subfamily Phasianinae.

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Thought’s About Modern Children Playing with Dolls

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Photo Credit – A typical reborn doll. Note the added cloth body on the limbs, and the “rear plate” to make it more realistic.

These days dolls look so real, just like they are human, as the reborn doll, a manufactured skin doll that has been transformed to resemble a human infant with as much realism as possible

Dolls, never go out of date, they just become collectibles and are carried on through the generations, memories.

But they should be part of a child’s life, it leads to the wonderful and lovely job of caring for babies, toddlers, and children.

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My early memories of dolls as a child was a little kewpie doll I had, it was a treasure I could hold in one hand, and I would carry it around everywhere, over the years that little doll has got lost.

While searching for some gift ideas for girls I came across kewpie dolls, it rekindles my mind of that little doll, and they are still around, Check out Amazon.

There are some very nice dolls for girls and boys, these day’s men are bringing up children (house husbands) as well as a woman, but I don’t know that they played with dolls as a child, I could be wrong.

Here’s a blog about children playing with dolls, and Yes even boys, interesting read. http://mamaot.com/why-kids-should-play-with-baby-dolls-yes-even-boys/

It has been said children prefer to play with touch screens more than traditional toys, like dolls, action toys, and board games, even the barbie doll has been forgotten.

The earliest American black dolls with realistic African facial features were made in the 1960s.

This photo is of Various antique to modern black dolls, which I found interesting, they weren’t around when I was a child, and I did think about it, as I had many dark skinned friends at school (Maoris).

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Photo Credit – The earliest American black dolls with realistic African facial features were made in the 1960s.

Now with the reborn dolls, it is a chance to get your child playing with them.

Do your children lay with dolls?

What are you thought’s about boys playing with dolls?

O is for Otter #atozchallenge

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A to Z April 2017  Challenge – Animals Birds & Insects Pantoum Poetry

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18 April 2017 – O is for Otter

Otters are carnivorous mammals in the subfamily Lutrinae that lives in water and land
Lutrinae a branch of weasel family Mustelidae, which include weasels, and ferrets
There are 13 known otter species that inhabit areas all around the world
They have very soft, insulated underfur, protected by an outer layer of long guard hairs.

Lutrinae a branch of weasel family Mustelidae, which includes weasels, and ferrets
Long guard hairs traps a layer of air which keeps them dry, warm, and buoyant underwater
They have very soft, insulated underfur, protected by an outer layer of long guard hairs
Most striking features are powerful webbed feet used to swim also holding breath underwater

Long guard hairs traps a layer of air which keeps them dry, warm, and buoyant underwater
Most have sharp claws on their feet and all except the sea otter have long, muscular tails.
Most striking features are powerful webbed feet used to swim also holding breath underwater
Male otters are dogs or boars, females are bitches or sows, their offspring are called pups.

Most have sharp claws on their feet and all except the sea otter have long, muscular tails.
Otter’s den is called a holt or couch, built under tree roots, rocky cairn lined with moss and grass
Male otters are dogs or boars, females are bitches or sows, their offspring are called pups.
Gestation period is about 60 to 86 days, newborn pups cared for by the bitch, dog, and older offspring.

Otter’s den is called a holt or couch, built under tree roots, rocky cairn lined with moss and grass
Bitch otters reach sexual maturity approximately two years old and males at three years of age.
Gestation period is about 60 to 86 days, newborn pups cared for by the bitch, dog, and older offspring.
After one month, the pup can leave the holt and after two months, they are able to swim.

Bitch otters reach sexual maturity approximately two years old and males at three years of age
Otters live up to 16 years, they are by nature playful and frolic in the water with their pups
After one month, the pup can leave the holt and after two months, they are able to swim.
Their usual source of food is fish,  further downriver, eels, but they may sample frogs and birds.

Otters live up to 16 years, they are by nature playful and frolic in the water with their pups
There are 13 known otter species that inhabit areas all around the world
Their usual source of food is fish, further downriver, eels, but they may sample frogs and birds.
Otters are carnivorous mammals in the subfamily Lutrinae that lives in water and land.

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