Sunday, September 10, 2006

Tumors on a Squirrel.

I spotted this poor squirrel on our bird feeder and having never seen anything like it, thought is was interesting. Research on the net seems to indicate this is a pox virus and is not fatal to squirrels or contagious to humans. The differential would include bot fly infestation, but the bot fly tumor has a eschar like opening. Posted by Picasa

posted by joe @ 9/10/2006 01:26:00 PM   3 comments

3 Comments:

At 8:13 AM, Blogger Clay said...

Great Work! Here is a quote from the new movie Tumors on a Squirrel adapted from your fascination with the movie Snakes on a Plane:
"I'm tired of these mother f---ing tumors on this mother f---ing squirrel"

 
At 8:38 PM, Blogger Sam the Blogger said...

Several thoughts:
First is...the bot fly? Is that native to jonesboro????
Second, Im beginning to think it it is not safe to go over your house anymore. Could this be due to excessive insecticide use (i.e. local city mosquito spraying...)
Third: nice work clay.

 
At 3:57 AM, Blogger joe said...

STB I share your concerns, but both the pox virus and the bot fly are transmitted BY mosquitos so maybe not ENOUGH spraying!!
Humans do get bot flies but not in JB they can get them in C.A. where we have been. See-http://www.ambergriscaye.com/pages/town/botfly.html
or just Google "bot fly" pretty interesting stuff!

Clay thanks also for the quote was my salutation that obvious?

 

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