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Post  WardinWake on 3/15/2014, 7:38 pm

Howdy Folks:

The Nicobar Megapode or Nicobar Scrubfowl (Megapodius nicobariensis) is a megapode found in some of the Nicobar Islands (India). Like other megapodes relatives, it builds a large mound nest with soil and vegetation, with the eggs hatched by the heat produced by decomposition. Newly hatched chicks climb out of the loose soil of the mound and being fully feathered are capable of flight.

I knew composting produced heat, but, hatching eggs?

God Bless, Ward and Mary.

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Post  keepercjr on 3/15/2014, 8:27 pm

That is amazing!  Thank you for sharing.

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Post  68carguy on 3/15/2014, 10:08 pm

I found black snake eggs in my compost one year. Kinda freaks a person out. affraid 

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Post  Goosegirl on 3/16/2014, 8:37 am

@68carguy wrote:I found black snake eggs in my compost one year. Kinda freaks a person out. affraid 

I would LOVE to find some snake eggs in my compost! Great garden friends, and there are no poisonous snakes in my area.

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Post  jimmy cee on 3/16/2014, 9:13 am

Very interesting, just did a search and here is a pic of one.They grow much larger

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Post  Judy McConnell on 3/17/2014, 6:31 am

Don't crocs and 'gators lay their eggs in a pile of rotting plant material?

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Post  Marc Iverson on 3/17/2014, 1:51 pm

I saw a snake practically leap out (can snakes leap?) from behind a pot I was moving last year. Scared the bejesus out of me. Just a garter snake. Whew. I like snakes well enough, but even the safe ones can send up a shock to the heart in the right circumstances.

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Post  jimmy cee on 3/17/2014, 2:32 pm

Snakes are very fast when coiled, then strike out.
If you really want to see speed...( your not gonna believe this one ) a nightcrawler...
When it warms up a bit and at night, take a flashlight, go out into grassy areas of your yard.
You will see very few night crawlers.
Put on a red transparent cover on the flashlight, go into your yard again..search the ground as you did before and I'll bet you will see lots of crawlers.
They will come out of their hole, keep enough of their body in it, when alarmed they will retreat so fast you'll not be able to catch them..
We ( my son and I ) became very adept at night crawler hunting for fishing...

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Post  walshevak on 3/18/2014, 2:31 am

@Marc Iverson wrote:I saw a snake practically leap out (can snakes leap?) from behind a pot I was moving last year.  Scared the bejesus out of me.  Just a garter snake.  Whew.  I like snakes well enough, but even the safe ones can send up a shock to the heart in the right circumstances.

 Especially when you are weeding in short shorts and have just moved a towel in place and almost sit on it.   affraid   Or it falls out of a tree almost on top of you.   Shocked 

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Post  jimmy cee on 3/18/2014, 7:21 am

My 2 boys, when they were biology majors had a thing for snakes.
I learned much from them, all started with a small green snake from our local woods.
Went on to a few other snakes, again from the woods.
We had 2 boa's in a terrarium, and a few other things.
Wound up with a 12 foot Burmese python 3 inches in diameter, snake got out of it's cage one day and we couldn't find it.
Son went to bed that night and found it cuddled up in his water bed..LOL..it sunk down in the bed so it could not be seen.
His cage was a 4 X 8 enclosure, heated and lots of water...snake once ate 3 chickens and a couple rabbits at one time.
Son forced feed it to make it grow faster, snake killed the 1st animal, then was fed the remaining dead animals.
More about Piranhas, sea anemones, and octopus's another time...LOL

By the way if a snake ever fell on my from a tree ....I'd shed my skin in a heartbeat... Smile 

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Re: Hatching Eggs in Compost.

Post  at2wooden on 3/18/2014, 10:26 am

I went camping in the Mojave years ago with a buddy that was a great snake catcher.
Rattlesnake and scrambled eggs for breakfast ....... mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!
Tasted like lizard Smile

A short drive to the glades and I'm having gator stew for lunch  

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Post  walshevak on 3/18/2014, 7:47 pm

BTW. the snake from the tree met the business end of my long handle shovel and was full of baby birds.   I know, he was just hungry, but I don't react well to snakes and can't tell one from another.  Turned out this was just a non poisonous one, but I live in copperhead and moccasin country, and take no chances.

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Post  Marc Iverson on 3/18/2014, 8:06 pm

@walshevak wrote:
@Marc Iverson wrote:I saw a snake practically leap out (can snakes leap?) from behind a pot I was moving last year.  Scared the bejesus out of me.  Just a garter snake.  Whew.  I like snakes well enough, but even the safe ones can send up a shock to the heart in the right circumstances.

 Especially when you are weeding in short shorts and have just moved a towel in place and almost sit on it.   affraid   Or it falls out of a tree almost on top of you.   Shocked 

Kay

Yikes, a snake falling out of a tree right next to me would scare me silly.

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 3/18/2014, 10:09 pm

I have been gone for over two weeks and one of the first chores I wanted to take care of was turning my large compost pile.  Well... there are thousands of eggs... ANT EGGS!  A whole ant hill moved in while I was gone.

I turned the pile, wet it as I turned then put out an ant bait on top of the pile.  Hopefully they'll feast and then be gone.

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Post  WardinWake on 3/18/2014, 10:13 pm

@audrey.jeanne.roberts wrote:I have been gone for over two weeks and one of the first chores I wanted to take care of was turning my large compost pile.  Well... there are thousands of eggs... ANT EGGS!  A whole ant hill moved in while I was gone.

I turned the pile, wet it as I turned then put out an ant bait on top of the pile.  Hopefully they'll feast and then be gone.
Get the pile hot by adding manure such as horse or cow.  That and consistent turning of the pile should send the ants looking for some place else to live.  God Bless, Ward and Mary.

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Post  slimbolen99 on 3/18/2014, 10:39 pm

@walshevak wrote:BTW. the snake from the tree met the business end of my long handle shovel and was full of baby birds.   I know, he was just hungry, but I don't react well to snakes and can't tell one from another.  Turned out this was just a non poisonous one, but I live in copperhead and moccasin country, and take no chances.

Kay
Copperheads and moccasins are ground / water snakes -- not snakes that go up into trees.  Reminds me of when I was growing up on a farm...

My grandmother killed every snake in sight.  She hated snakes.  And we had a SERIOUS mouse / rat problem.  After she passed away, the mice / rats disappeared.

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Post  Goosegirl on 3/18/2014, 10:47 pm

@slimbolen99 wrote:
My grandmother killed every snake in sight.  She hated snakes.  And we had a SERIOUS mouse / rat problem.  After she passed away, the mice / rats disappeared.

Exactly why they will always have a place in my garden!  Snakes will take care of LOTS of critters that can devastate a garden, yard, house, etc!

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