Much-needed rain has arrived. Scooter thinks he will be rescued and
but then decides to retreat into his shelter (first record of him
using the shelter).
Recorded May 12, 2015.
An ambulance goes by soon after Scooter is put in his outdoor enclosure
in the morning.
A running chainsaw (powerline being trimmed) distracts him towards
the end of the clip. Recorded May 26, 2015.
It is peak shedding time for Scooter. The nightly brushings that have
been going on for about a month
will hopefully come to an end now that the hair is coming off in clumps.
Recorded May 28, 2015.
A harmless rat snake visits. At first Scooter is interested, but then
gets bored. Recorded May 29, 2015.
Playing with a male southern toad found in his outdoor enclosure and
experiencing the effects of his toxic secretions.
Recorded June 4, 2015.
Interactions with Scooter on a typical day when he is not needed for
presentations. Recorded July 16, 2015.
Snake musk actually attracts Scooter. This snake was saved because
I saw it first. Recorded August 5, 2015.
Dr. Poppy visits with a puppy from a local animal shelter. Recorded
August 6, 2015.
Scooter sees a fresh mole tunnel and uses his senses to see if he
can catch a snack.
The lucky mole is not in the vicinity. Recorded August 7, 2015.
Something has Scooter all excited. He is pawing at the ground, jumping,
and wagging his tail.
Closer inspection reveals that he has found a baby hognose snake.
Recorded August 13, 2015.
Persimmons are dropping from a tree behind dumpsters at the lab. Scooter
enjoys some (with a little attitude).
Recorded August 24, 2015.
His technique of "uprooting" small creatures to play with before consuming.
Today's unlucky participant is a field cricket.
Recorded September 19, 2015.
treat and play before bedtime
He still looks forward to his nightly ritual of raw meat and playtime.
Occasional distractions include various sounds outside
or the flashing red light on the camera. Recorded November 3, 2015.
Day wake up
A lab holiday has allowed Scooter to sleep in. However, he is scheduled
to work later in the day.
Recorded November 11, 2015.
and hops for meat
Scooter is bulking up for winter and will do anything for his favorite
treat. Recorded December 10, 2015.
Scooter is getting less possessive over toys and treats, and even
appreciates a helpful hand (with glove).
Recorded December 22, 2015.
It is finally starting to feel like winter, and this puzzling phenomenon
(to Scooter) has returned. Recorded January 6, 2016.
Strong winds after hours of rain have brought some chew toys down
from above. Recorded January 15, 2016.
water Part 2
He is still perplexed about the formation of ice. Recorded January
Scooter is quickly distracted after being put in his outdoor enclosure
in the morning.
This incident kept him occupied for about 7 minutes. Recorded January
toy brings out "ugly face"
He enjoys a new toy. Eventually we will play with it together in a
few days. Recorded February 8, 2016.
Being an educational animal can be stressful at times. Created March
Music: "Stressed Out" by Twenty One Pilots.
Scooter is four years old today and gets a special treat.
As expected, his wild side is revealed. Recorded April 26, 2016.