On Tue, 21 Feb 2012 12:45:09 -0500, "Robert Green"
The record "palmetto bug" (the chamber of commerce name for the
American brown cockroach) is 1.5" and I think it was caught in Texas,
at least that was where it was presented.
As for the giant "rat" was it a nutria? That is a big rodent that is a
problem in NOLA. The biggest rats that are usually seen here are the
garden variety Norway rat (fat with a fairly stubby tail) The other
one that is common is the native roof rat/tree rat (or "palmetto
squirrel" if you are the chamber of commerce). This is smaller with a
long tail. They can go anywhere a squirrel can go and then some. They
can run right up a concrete block wall and jump 10 feet to the next
building, land on that wall and keep running.
That is the one we see most here in Florida.
Yeah, those Floridians tried that "palmetto bug" stuff on me. I said
"that's a damn COCKROACH!"
I don't think so. These looked like your common garden variety Norwegian
brown rat - just very well fed. They were in a soup kitchen/homeless
shelter and had unimpeded access to the building's dry goods storage area.
The health dep't. told them fix the rat problem or get shut down.
Does the Chamber of Commerce have cute euphemisms for "alligator, hurricane
and drug dealer?" (-:
Great. Super cockroaches AND super rats. At least it never snows.
Well, they *could* have been roof rats - I can't see much distinction
between them and ground rats . . .
I always thought water bugs were black and shiny beetles unrelated to
cockroaches which I thought were always dark brown. Once again it's off to
Google . . .
You're right. It's called an Oriental cockroach.
As Bill the Cat would say: Gack!
A lot of random encounters with nutria were taken to be giant rat sightings
with low light and quick viewing conditions. But NOLA does have the
distinction of being a gateway to many things from throughout the world that
are not common to other ports or areas.
While visiting a client in Rapid City, SD, they took me over to Mt Rushmore.
On the way, we passed a roadside zoo. The client told an interesting story:
It seems the roadside zoo has a lion. About once a month the lion gets out
of his pen and sits on the side of the highway watching the cars pass by.
Freaked-out tourists jam the emergency service with calls and the local
radio stations put out a "Lion Alert!"
Presently the lion's owner confronts the lion, telling him to get back
inside, and the lion reluctantly sulks back to his pen.
The "Lion Alert" is canceled.
Must have been a male lion. FWIW, they are mostly only a danger to lion
cubs sired by another male or a nomadic male trying to horn in on their
pride. Otherwise, it's the females that do that hunting and killing, but
the males that get fed first and then mostly sleep, screw and roar. You
have to pay the males a surcharge to kill tourists. It's just not in their
job description and the Lion's Union pays close attention to excursions.
On Tue, 21 Feb 2012 12:45:09 -0500, "Robert Green"
You would have to mention that goddamn program......
Just this past weekend I went to the local bar and grill and was
enjoying a good dinner, when I looked at the tv on the wall and see that
"Billy the Exterminator" guy grabbing a rat by the tail from on top of a
light fixture. I almost puked right there on the table. Just then the
waitress came over and asks me if everything is ok. I said "NO". She
asked what was wrong, when I told her that the food was good, but if she
did not change the tv program, that I was gonna vomit all over the place
and would never come back. She asked what I'd like to see on the tv, I
said "*anything* except disgusting rats".
She immediately changed the channel to some basketball game, and came
back and asked me if that was ok. I thanked her and handed her a tip.
I told her "Rats are just some of he most disgusting things on earth,
and I sure the hell dont want to have to see them when I'm eating
dinner"! She agreed with me and said that the tv is always on and most
of the time no one pays attention to the programs. I grinned and said
"just leave it on a sports channel and you'll be pretty safe". She
Oh, I can think of some other things I've seen around dinner time more
offensive than rats. There's some animal planet show where they cut open
huge pythons, lions and other animals. Mike Rowe crawling through the San
Francisco sewers on "Dirty Jobs" was about the worst I can recall. Rats,
roaches that got down the back of his shirt, unknown things slithering in
the waste water, piles of turds (some orange in color leading the sewer
worker to exclaim "steady diet of Cheetos"), etc. When I see something like
that, I thank God that people were created with all sorts of talents. If I
had to maintain city sewers, they wouldn't be maintained.
My journalism prof was fired from a job as managing editor on a newspaper
because he ran a picture on page 1 of the morning edition of a fireman
yanking a giant python out of a toilet. The publisher thought it was in
very poor taste for a morning daily newspaper, as did about a thousand
I was watching some History Channel special on WWII in the Pacific and they
were showing full color movies of rotting Japanese corpses in various states
of decay and destruction. It was breakfast time, too.
Billy's carelessness and lack of proper precautions remind me of Steve
Irwin, the Croc Hunter. You always knew it was going to end badly for
Irwin. I get the same feeling with Billy. My MD told me that if even if
you aren't allergic to bees to begin with, you can become so severely
allergic after a serious attack (Billy's had a few already) that you can die
if you get stung by a lot of bees and don't have an epi pen handy.
On 2/28/2012 12:30 AM, Robert Green wrote:
and here's what happens if you try to shoot racoons in your hav-a-hart
Wasn't his day. I'd like to know what kind of trap he's using that
will reverse a 22 bullet at point blank. I'll bet there was
something hard *behind* that trap.
I've never had a ricochet with my pellet gun, but then there isn't a
lot of power left once it goes through a skull.
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