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Kittens, Wild, and Living: one of the wild kittens living in my neighbours garden

one of the wild kittens living in my neighbours garden

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Animals, Apparently, and Food: r/LifeProTips Posted by 5h A1 LPT: If while out enjoying nature and you smell cucumbers and see no cucumber vines stop what you're doing. Stay calm, pick a clear path and leave. You have just stumbled upon the den of a copperhead snake Learning 1.7k Share Award 23.2k BEST COMMENTS 3h S 7 Awards This is one of those old wives tales involving animals that always floats around, perhaps with a slight modicum of truth, though mostly false. Similar to the one with how birds abandon nests due to the smell of humans, (disturbing a nest with eggs/young chicks CAN cause the parents to desert, but not due to scent) or the home remedy of grits that cause ants to explode when eaten. (mature ants can't ingest solid food larger than a couple hundred microns at most, but the sudden intrusion of a foreign object like a shit load of grits can cause them to move nests) For the case of this tale, scent/smell can be subjective, but a few points need expanding on. No snake emits a unique scent as is - they're covered in keratin which isn't much known for odor absorptive properties. The vast majority can, however, produce musk for defense purposes, which is a unique concoction of chemicals that basically smells like snake poop x50. For some species it smells less like the essence of rotting animal carcass bottled and left in the sun for five years and more like earthy dirty laundry. Being an avid herper I've experienced copperhead musk on several occasions. I'd liken it to the less offensive of musks...but it in no way smells like cucumbers to me. Perhaps at a distance it might to someone, but then that begs into question the fact that cucumbers barely smell at all. Cucurbit (squash) plants/vines have a distinctive scent that can travel some distance, but it is not very comparable to the scent of actual cucumber fruit, which smell more of wet grass to me than anything else. Does the myth mean the plant or the fruit of cultivated cucumbers? For most snakes a fair amount of prodding, brief physical contact, is required for them to release any musk. It is often a last resort along with striking/biting. Walking within 10 feet of one isn't going to cause them to musk; they have a limited supply after all. or at least Copperheads, and most snakes indeed, don't typically have "dens". Individuals have large home ranges and move and explore them in accordance to season, settling down in spots to rest or hunt. They give live birth and the babies immediately set off on their own a couple hours after. You're not going to come across a cozy bed of pine needles that smells of cucumbers along with a little "Don't Tread on Me" poster hung up nearby. t Vote Reply Smelling cucumbers in the wild is dangerous, apparently!
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