Friday, September 2, 2011
The Showtl's Underworld, Part 3
Herman the Ermine made but one alarming appearance, August 1 at 12:45AM.
Nine hours later the showtl was back, safe and sound.
Other species find Aplodontia's digs to be popular hangouts.
During a trapping study of Aplodontia burrows in the 1950s, Egbert Pfeiffer caught spotted skunks, long-tailed weasels, an ermine, mink, chickaree, dusky-footed and bushy-tailed woodrats, several species of mouse, and none other than Big Sally -- our Pacific Giant Salamander.
Other field workers added the striped skunk, raccoon, badger, marten, the snowshoe hare, more rodents, the coast mole, and the charismatic shrew mole, another Codger favorite (here's why).
As a meeting place for some intriguing and rarely photographed species, Aplodontia burrows have much to offer.
[Note: I am not absolutely certain this little predator is not a mink -- please speak out if you have a definite opinion.]
Pfeiffer, E.W. 1953. Animals trapped in mountain beaver (Aplodontia rufa) runways, and the mountain beaver in captivity. Journal of Mammalogy, 34:396.
Carraway, L.N. and B.J. Verts. 1993. Aplodontia rufa. Mammalian Species No. 431:1-10.