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PostSubject: Virginia Tech Exotics Found in Steam Tunnel   Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:23 am

Click Here for Story

This doesn't help the cause.
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PostSubject: Re: Virginia Tech Exotics Found in Steam Tunnel   Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:48 am

No it doesnt... such a shame too.
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PostSubject: Re: Virginia Tech Exotics Found in Steam Tunnel   Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:51 am

Great.....
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PostSubject: Re: Virginia Tech Exotics Found in Steam Tunnel   Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:01 am

I agree. I cannot figure out why they just didn't release the black widow however, unless it is a different species than what we have all over the place here.
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PostSubject: Re: Virginia Tech Exotics Found in Steam Tunnel   Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:55 am

Releasing the spider this time of year would most likely result in its death due to exposure.

It is nice that the paper reporting the story did not sensationalize it. And although the animals kept were prohibited, they appeared to be in good health. Just kids being kids.
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PostSubject: Re: Virginia Tech Exotics Found in Steam Tunnel   Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:14 pm

Normally I would agree about the spider not surviving in February. We are having a very mild winter this year however. Last night a moth was flying around one of the lights out back. Also, I once read that there is a breeding population of house geckos (not sure which Hemidactylus species) living in those steam tunnels. I cannot remember where I saw this so I am not sure how accurate that story is but the black widow would probably be very comfortable down there. If I had to speculate I would say one of the kids got caught having the animals in their living quarters.
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PostSubject: Re: Virginia Tech Exotics Found in Steam Tunnel   Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:45 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Virginia Tech Exotics Found in Steam Tunnel   Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:17 pm

Thank you for the links. Interesting about the other locales in Virginia. I personally do not think that it is too exciting field herping for house geckos (I have found them under bark in Florida and Hawaii) but it would still be neat to run across one in Blacksburg I suppose.
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