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Critter Time

I was supposed to get a new puppy, which I was beyond excited about (I’d already written him into my new book!) but it fell through.


But, it’s been quite the critter-filled summer, so I thought I’d share some of my local friends with you. I had a really good armadillo movie, too, but once again when I thought I was filming I wasn’t so… big sorry to the armadillo fans out there.

First off, this bobcat just went strolling through our front yard…

Next night Mr. Raccoon decided to check out the pool…

There are tree frogs literally hiding everywhere, except when they’re hanging on our front door glass.

Well hello there…

This is a future Great Swallowtail Butterfly going through his awkward phase.
Right now he’s hanging off my lemon tree, trying very hard to look like a stick.

Mr. Ugly

And much to my husband’s chagrin, this fellow, I believe to be a coachwhip, has been slithering around.

So, no puppy but I’ve got a lot of other friends showing up all the time… don’t think Mr. Coachwhip will end up in my book though.


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7 Responses

  1. Lori Smanski

    Mr coachwhip would make for an interesting scene where he saves and calms down the lady LOL


  2. Leigh

    Mr. Coachwhip is only to your husband’s chagrin?!? And not yours?! My goodness. I almost passed out when I saw him. You’re tougher than I am! Yipes! :-O


    • Sharon

      The words “hanging around ” are what did me in. If they pass through and are gone I would probably survive but sticking around is my worst nightmare!


  3. Robin

    Whereabouts do you live? I’m in Southern California and Coachwhips here are pink! They and close cousins Striped Racers often bite first and ask questions later. I tried to catch a racer once and he dashed for the nearest hole–my pant leg! Instinct took over and I kicked out so hard the poor guy was airborne for a good 10 yards before hitting a tree! I bet he was more shook up over the encounter than I was.


    • Amy Vansant

      South Florida. This guy isn’t aggressive. I got pretty close to him to take the picture and he went crazy trying to get away. We have black racers though that are supposed to be really aggressive. That pant leg story is terrifying!!



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