Up Close and Blurry – Texas edition

In a previous blog of a similar name, I posted some animal photo puzzles along with a clue as a challenge for you. Once again, with no photography skill and some very silly clues, here are some new puzzles with one additional hint. All of these animals can be found in Texas…

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I am the fastest of my kind,

With sharp sight tasty birds I find,

Though in Houston I may nest,

Typically you’ll find me West.

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Meadows and forests I snuffle through,

Eating insects, grubs and roaches too,

Scaly in appearance but a mammal tried and true,

Birthing identical young numbering two and two.

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Small but fleet and utterly fine,

On crabs and fish I like to dine,

TEDs keep me out of shrimp net clutches,

I nest in arribadas, i.e. bunches.

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Medium in size though my range is statewide,

Found all through Texas and in trees I may hide,

Though my spots aren’t as dark as my brother’s,

My tail is short just like all the others.

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Up Close and Blurry

I love nature magazines. In fact, it would be accurate to say that I am addicted to nature magazines, even ones for the kiddies (their pictures are just too cute!) I enjoy those photo contests that seem to appear in them periodically. You know, where there is a close up of an animal or a plant and you are supposed to guess what it is. Well, I arrived at a Wildlife on Wheels program early and had my camera with me so I got a little shutter happy. If you haven’t tried those photo puzzles before, here is your chance. These are some of the photos I took along with a clue; see if you can guess which animal it is. Please be kind, I am not a photographer, just a novice with some time on my hands.

 

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A toothy smile a mile wide,

lurking underwater I hide,

sneaking slowly toward a ‘beest,’

in Africa we love to feast.

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Soft and downy I may be,

through Australian bush I speed,

I’ll get bigger just you wait,

at 6 feet tall my strides are great.

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An extreme mammal to say the least,

upon termites and ants I feast,

unlike the others I lay eggs,

though for kisses no one begs.

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Loud and raucous describes me well,

like most of my family I can tell,

bold and beautiful also apply,

it’s in the Amazon I’d rather fly.

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