Monday, August 3, 2015
Rodents and Reptiles
We had a very interesting day Saturday seeing creatures we had not expected to see in Colorado. Our day started at Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge. It is not the time of the year to visit the refuge and we saw only a few other people there. Best time to visit is during the migratory seasons as spring and fall. Many birds can be seen there then. However, we were surprised at the water and shore birds we did see. The wetlands here still have some water in them, cattails and other water-loving plants are in evidence of that. We also saw many ibis, herons, coots and a variety of ducks. There was another little critter scurrying across the road, and often endangering his life getting in front of the car.
This is also a zoo of sorts. Over the years people have dropped off their exotic animals which they no longer wanted or were able to keep. There are pens of a variety of snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs, and toads, While we were there an alligator rodeo was going on. Alligators were being roped and brought in for micro chipping, weighing and a variety of other medical tests.