ZOOLOGY BY JEREMY ZOLA
BACHELOR OF ZOOLOGY. HAS WORKED WITH WILDCATS, WOLVES, BIRDS OF PREY, AND SEA TURTLES - AMONGST MANY OTHER ANIMALS, EXOTIC AND DOMESTIC. THIS BLOG SERVES AS AN OUTLET FOR MY ENDLESS CURIOSITY FOR THE NATURAL WORLD AND IS MEANT TO BE INTERACTIVE - I ACCEPT SUBMISSIONS, REQUESTS, AND QUESTIONS.
Sunday, July 20
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The warble larva after being removed from the kitten’s neck.

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Dr. Melanie Wood removing the warble larva from the kitten’s neck.

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Today at work, a small kitten came had a larva of the warble fly in the side of his neck. They are either ingested or the female warble fly lays eggs on the skin of it’s host. The warble then eats it’s way out of the body, causing an abscess and infection.

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Thursday, July 17
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Close ups of a toad’s front and back foot.

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Wednesday, July 16
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A bullfrog eye

A bullfrog eye

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Friday, July 11
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One of the Veterinarians I work with has a cat named Izzie, who has been catching garter snakes outside. She has been bringing them into her house and playing with them. The snakes have all been unharmed, except for one unfortunately. It’s always interesting to see a house cat’s abilities to still stalk and hunt.


Photos by Dr. Erin Schelle

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Wednesday, July 9
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My friends went on a hiking trip in the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia over 4th of July weekend. While on the trail, they encountered a mother black bear and her cub. The black bear is an omnivore, and the most widely distributed bear species in North America.


Photos by Sarah Ganson & Oren Shmoel

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Wednesday, July 2
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I believe this is an orchard spider. They are long-jawed orb weavers and are parasitised by a wasp larva.

I believe this is an orchard spider. They are long-jawed orb weavers and are parasitised by a wasp larva.

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Last week, I stumbled upon a queen snake eating a crayfish at Sharon Woods.

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A common snapping turtle hidden among some branches at Sharon Woods.

A common snapping turtle hidden among some branches at Sharon Woods.

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Friday, June 27
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A northern Ringneck snake getting ready to shed.

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Thursday, June 26
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On Tuesday, I found this common snapping turtle at Sharon Woods. It weighed over ten pounds and had a cracked shell from a previous injury.

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Friday, June 20
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This is a dobsonfly my friend found outside of her barn. Dobsonflies look scary, but since their mandibles are so large, they don’t have the strength to close them very hard. They are mainly used to look threatening and to hold the female during mating. 


Photo by Hillary Hillard

This is a dobsonfly my friend found outside of her barn. Dobsonflies look scary, but since their mandibles are so large, they don’t have the strength to close them very hard. They are mainly used to look threatening and to hold the female during mating.


Photo by Hillary Hillard


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The baby possums are about 4 weeks old at this point. They are extremely cute and have a very fuzzy baby coat of fur. They get fed milk about every 2 hours right now. In a few weeks, he will move them to an enclosure outside to get them acclimated to living outdoors. He will begin introducing solid foods and teaching them to hunt for themselves. He will make small puddles and place minnows and small crayfish in them to show the babies how to fish. I will be on hand to document some of the training sessions, and more posts are coming!

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Tuesday, June 17
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A tadpole and a frog at Sycamore Creek.


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