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Monday, January 19, 2015

Backyard Science, Just For Fun

Living where we do, it is super easy to get outside and explore plants and animals/insects around us. Every now and again Rob will find a chameleon, in the yard, or at his the hangar or MAF Garage, and bring it home to show the kids. We will keep it around and observe it eating, climbing, sleeping, and pooping.  :) Recently, one of our chameleons shed its skin! It was fascinating to watch, and took much longer than I imagined it would. The process took a few days.

The other interesting bug we were able to observe, actually kind of terrifying for me, who is petrified of cockroaches and other creepy crawlies, is called a Giant Water Bug, or Toe-Biter--this bug was truly huge!

Yes, that's my toe in the photo. Appropriate?  :) This bug was at least 3 inches long. It was really yucky. Our cats were even scared of its enormously intimidating pinchers!

So there we have it. Just for fun, a little peak into some of our spontaneous science observations we have the opportunity to experience, living in Madagascar.