Salsa is healthy

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Individuals have been spicing up their foods with salsa for centuries.

And there are as many variants of salsa, if not more, since there are ways to create a great spaghetti sauce.

By way of instance, many American salsas contain tomato. It is up to the manufacturer. (Initially salsas from Mexico did not contain berries and mainly used chiles, tomatillos and ricado, a mix of spices) Although hot peppers predominate, salsas may also be spiced up with ingredients like cilantro, cumin and oregano. Some people even add garlic for their salsas.

Beans are another healthy variation into the salsa mixture. Black beans are normally the bean of choice for salsa manufacturers due to their texture and flavor. They’re low in fat and contain fiber and protein.

Sweet salsa ingredients may include cherry, passion fruit, papaya, raspberries, in addition to lemon, lime, orange and chiles. Some folks include plantains or even nuts. Pretty much any new sauce could be a salsa.

Salsa cruda means raw and is made from finely chopped raw ingredients like raw tomato, hot chiles, peppers, onion and cilantro.

Picante means”hot and spicy,” and is generally just a thinner sauce compared to your normal salsa cruda.

It is usually a mix of chopped tomatoes, chiles and onions.

(For the record, tomatillo isn’t a tomato, regardless of its title, but rather is a reportedly a relative of the gooseberry. It’s a tartgreen fruit with a papery husk. It looks like a green, unripe tomato in look.)

Our offerings in Cosmic Chile reveal how several different types of salsa exist. Offerings include a traditional salsa like Jose Goldstein’s XXX Garlic, made from habanero peppers and lots of fresh garlic, to something more exotic such as Thai Jungle Salsa, which comprises three kinds of thai chiles, lemon and soy sauce.

Salsa isn’t just fun, it’s healthy.

They are easy to prepare and a simple way to dress up grilled fish, poultry, meat or pork for a fast meal throughout the week. Salsa is also a wonderful snack when paired with chips.

So the next time you run out of something to have for a fast, but enjoyable dinner during the week, consider adding a little salsa to your entree.

Skin Cancer

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Skin cancer occurs when skin cells are damaged, as an example, Wildlife Removal from overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight.

There are 3 main types of skin cancer:

• Melanoma – the most dangerous type of membrane cancer

Both basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are referred to as non-melanoma membrane cancer.

Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with membrane cancer from the time they are 70, with over 434,000 people treated for one or more non-melanoma membrane cancers in Australia annually. Non-melanoma skin cancer is more common in men, with nearly double the incidence in comparison with women.

Excluding non-melanoma skin cancer,* melanoma is the third most frequent cancer in Australian women and the fourth most frequent cancer in males, and also the most common cancer in Australians aged 15-44 years.

Each Year, in Australia:

• skin cancers account for approximately 80 percent of all newly diagnosed cancers

• between 95 and 99 percent of skin cancers are caused by exposure to sunlight

• GPs have more than 1 million patient consultations annually for skin cancer

• The incidence of skin cancer is among the greatest in the world, two to three times the prices in Canada, the US and the United Kingdom.

*Non-melanoma skin cancers aren’t advised to cancer registries.

Assess for signs of skin cancer

The sooner a skin cancer is identified and treated, the greater your odds of avoiding surgery or, in the event of a significant melanoma or other skin cancer, possible disfigurement or even death.

Additionally it is a good idea to speak with your doctor about your level of risk and also for information on early detection.

It is important to get to know your skin and what’s normal for you, so you observe any changes. Skin cancers rarely hurt and are a whole lot more often seen than felt.

Develop a routine habit of checking your skin for new stains and adjustments to existing freckles or moles.

The best way to check your skin

• be sure you check your whole body as skin cancers can occasionally occur in areas of the body not exposed to sunlight, such as bottoms of their feet, between fingers and toes and under nails.

• Undress completely and ensure you have good light.

• Use a mirror to test hard to find spots, like your scalp and back, or find a relative, spouse or friend to check it for you.

There are three main forms of skin cancer- melanoma (like nodular melanoma), basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.


• Most deadly type of skin cancer.

• If left untreated can spread to other areas of the body.

• Appears as a new place or an existing place that changes in colour, shape or size.

Can appear on skin not normally exposed to sunlight.

• appears different from common melanomas. Raised and even in colour.

• Many are red or pink and some are black or brown.

• they’re firm to touch and dome-shaped.

• Most common, least dangerous type of skin cancer.

• Red, pale or pearly in colour, appears as a bulge or dry, scaly place.

• May ulcerate or neglect to completely heal.

• Grows slowly, usually on regions which are frequently exposed to sunlight.

Squamous cell carcinoma

• Grows over a few months, usually on areas frequently exposed to sunlight.

• More likely to happen in people over 50 years old.

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A is for Asymmetry – Search for stains that lack symmetry. In other words, if a line was drawn through the center, the two sides wouldn’t match up.

B is for Border – A place with a dispersing or irregular border (notched).

C is for Colour – Blotchy spots using numerous colours like blue, black, red, white or grey.

D is for Diameter – Look for stains which are getting bigger.

These are a few changes to look out for when assessing your skin for signs of any cancer:

• A summary of a mole which becomes notched.

• An area that changes color from brown to black or black is diverse.

• A place that becomes raised or develops a bulge within it.

• The surface of a mole getting rough, scaly or ulcerated.

• Spots that appears different from others.

Just about all people have moles. Moles aren’t normally present at birth, but look in childhood and early adolescent years. By age 15, Australian children have an average of more than 50 moles.

See your physician if a mole looks different or if a new mole appears after age 25. The more moles a person have, the greater the risk of melanoma.

• Uniform in form and even coloured.

• The more moles or freckles you’ve got the higher your chance of skin cancer.

• May have irregular borders and a number of colors like black and brown.

• Observe moles carefully for any indication of change.

Even though you may notice one or more skin changes, it doesn’t necessarily indicate that you have skin cancer however it’s important that you see your GP to get them investigated further. Your GP can talk about your skin cancer risk and advise you on your requirement for medical checks or self-examination.

It can be tricky to know whether something in your skin is a benign mole or standard sun damage, or a sign of cancer. When in doubt, talk to your GP.

What’s my skin type?

Skin types which are more sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) radiation burn more quickly and therefore are at a greater risk of skin cancer.

All skin types can be ruined by too much UV radiation. Skin types which are more sensitive to UV radiation burn faster and therefore are at a greater risk of skin cancer.

People with naturally very dark skin (usually skin type V or VI) still should be careful in sunlight despite the fact that they may rarely, if ever, get sunburnt. The larger quantity of melanin in very dark skin offers natural protection against UV radiation. This means the possibility of skin cancer is reduced.

High levels of UV radiation also have been associated with harmful effects on the immune system.

Individuals with very dark skin don’t typically have to apply sunscreen (but this remains a personal decision) but they should wear sunglasses or hats to protect their eyes.

Vitamin D deficiency might be a greater health concern for individuals with naturally very dark skin, since it’s more difficult for individuals with this skin type to generate vitamin D. People with naturally darker skin may need up to three to six times more sun exposure to aid with their vitamin D levels.

Type I

Tends to get freckles, red or fair hair, blue or green eyes.

Type II

Type III

Tends to have brown eyes and hair.

Type IV

Rarely burns, frequently tans. Tends to have dark brown hair and eyes.

Type V

Dark brown skin. Rarely burns, tans profusely.

Type VI

Deeply pigmented, dark brown to black skin. Never burns.

Signs there is a tornado coming

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When a tornado touches down near you, will you be prepared?

Although tornadoes tend to keep east of the Rocky Mountains, they have also happened in pretty much every state. To put it differently, you might be affected no matter where you live. This means that tornadoes should be on everybody’s list as something to be ready for.

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When I think of tornadoes, my initial thought is a funnel cloud hurling cows through the atmosphere. I have never been around a real tornado, however, the film Twister definitely prepared me for flying bovine if I ever find myself near one.

And then, after the image of the cow flies off into the sunset, I ask myself,”What do I really know about tornadoes, and how will I know if one is coming?”

Terrific questions, Self.

As tornadoes tend to begin showing up more prevalently in the spring (and spring has just about sprung), allow me to share with you the way to know if a tornado is on its way for a visit.

Needless to say, the simplest method is to have your TV or radio on. Your regional broadcasters will broadcast a tornado warning (right in the middle of your favorite series, might I add). Those tend to come only about 13 minutes before the real tornado, and may actually arrive much faster. That being said, not every area will receive a broadcast warning, so knowing the signs of an impending tornado is very important.

Although tornadoes can be enormous and devastating, they at least have the decency to give us a few warning signs before they officially arrive. These six signs should help you identify tornado threats.

A Rotating, funnel shaped cloud extending from a thunderstorm towards the ground.

Funnel Cloud

Alright, so this one is one of the more obvious ones. Tornadoes have to form somewhere, so in case you find a funnel cloud start to form, this is a very good indication a tornado is on its way. When the weather gets tough, you might want to keep your eye on the skies, just in case.

A dark, occasionally green, sky

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Not to be confused with the aurora borealis (aka the Northern lights). This is another reason why it’s good to see the heavens during storms. There is a good deal of hail in thunderstorms associated with tornadoes, and so as this hail begins to be whipped around, the light of the sun refracts off the hail, giving the sky a green tint. The sky isn’t always green, however, so don’t be fooled if the sky is simply very, very dim.

An approaching cloud of debris

Sometimes the funnel of a tornado will not be visible. Yet. By detecting a cloud of debris approaching (especially at ground level), that can be a good sign that something even more dangerous is on its way.

A loud roar (similar to a freight train)

This is particularly helpful when you do not live near a railroad. Tornadoes give off a continuous rumble, much like that of a train.

A strange calm after a thunderstorm

It’s not unusual for a tornado to occur after a thunderstorm. Don’t be surprised if you see a clear, calm skies in the tornado’s wake.

Debris falling from the sky

This is also a good indicator that there are strong winds nearby. If debris starts falling from the sky like rain, chances are you will want to find cover.


Are you prepared for a tornado’s devastation?

So there you have it. If you keep those six things in mind before and during storms, you should not be caught off guard by a tornado.

Tips for flying with small children

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Every air traveller’s worst nightmare appears to be getting stuck next to a crying child for an 8 hour flight. When your kid’s parent, the nightmare could be worse. You don’t need to hold your breath and hope for the best. Here are some tips for flying with children without alienating other passengers in the procedure.

Keep your expectations realistic – aviation can be difficult on kids (as well as adults). Don’t expect perfect behavior, and do not freak out if your child act up. Stay calm so you can deal with whatever problems come up.

Explain the procedures. Prepare children for what they will likely experience during the trip, ie crowds, delays, lines etc..

I recently took my children from Perth Australia to Los Angeles with direct connecting flights via Dubai. In hindsight now I would have chosen an overnight in Dubai to rest, shower and have a nice meal, before tackling the next 16 hour leg of the flight. Our trip was 27 flying hours in total with a two hour lay over in Dubai, we arrived exhausted without a clue what day or time zone we were in. Based on the time of your children decide which type of trip suits your family best.

Schedule naps. If possible select a flight that coincides with your kid’s sleep schedule. If they could take a rest at their regular time, or get a good night’s sleep on a red eye, they will be more refreshed and better behaved upon arrival at your destination.

Meals – if you child is a fussy eater they may not like plane kids meals. Bring their favorite snacks and meals for one part of the journey at least. Starving kids are agitated kids in tiny environments.

Visit the doctor prior to flight – check there are no illness’s or ear infections. Also check what medications you are able to bring if on international flights in case of illness whilst away. You do not want to get stuck at customs because you’ve brought medication not allowed in that country.

Dress for comfort – loose fitting garments around the waist, pack a jumper, and bring spare clothes in case of spills. If your child is not night time toilet trained attract nappies too. I always fly with spare clothes, toothbrushes, hairbrushes etc so you can feel refreshed when flying.

Bring toys or compact teddies to occupy your kids when flying. Some airlines have fabulous consoles with TV and radio, but not all airlines, so pack a small lightweight item to amuse your children.

Last of all give your children movement breaks at least every hour, otherwise they’ll feel like caged animals. Kids are lively and like to play and do not cope well with being confined for extended periods of time.

Great luck parents I hope using these tips will give you a more enjoyable flight on the next journey.

Lightning facts

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As we enter mid-spring and the weather finally starts to warm up a bit, we expect to see quite a few thunderstorms in Oregon. Inspiring awe in certain while scaring the trousers off others (although not ME, I’m definitely not scared of lightning. No sir,) it is no surprise that cultures all over the world associate lightning with deity. But what precisely is it?

During an electrical storm, the upper portion of the storm clouds has a positive charge and the lower part has a negative charge. It’s not quite clear how the clouds reach these charges in the first place, but one theory is that different forms of liquid (vapor, water and ice droplets) collide as they rise and fall inside a cloud. In the crash, electrons are knocked off of the rising moisture and they gather at the bottom of the cloud, creating the negative charge. It is believed that rising moisture then carries a positive charge to the top of the cloud. The charge separation within the cloud is what generates an electrical field, the strength of which can be linked to the quantity of charge buildup in the cloud.

When the electric charge within the cloud becomes quite strong, the air becomes ionized (the positive ions and electrons are spaced further apart than before and the electrons can move more freely.) The strong ionization causes the air to begin to break down, allowing for currents to flow in an attempt to neutralize the charge. These currents are called leaders, and they provide a path through the cloud for the lightning to follow. The first (or stepped) leader doesn’t move easily, but jumps in a jagged fashion. Many leaders form at the same time, but the first one to make contact with the floor is the one which gets the lightning.

The entire process is somewhat more complicated, but there you have the fundamentals of how lightning is formed. Lightning is much too powerful for even the best of surge protectors to protect against, and it can reach temperatures of 54,000 °F. An average bolt of lightning carries about 30,000 amps.

Lightning is a complex phenomenon with many variations and exceptions. Sometimes it shows up in the most unexpected of places.

For example, do you know:

Why We See Lightning During Volcanic Eruptions?

If you saw photos of the eruption of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull that erupted in 2010, you may have seen lightning over the plumes of smoke and thought that they definitely need to be photoshopped. Not so!

There is still research being conducted to the definitive cause behind lightning within the smoke plumes of volcanoes, but the general consensus involves, of all things, dust. The idea is that dust/smoke/ash particles take small charges which become amplified during the chaos of rushing out of a volcano. With every collision of one particle with a different one, the charges become more and more polarized until lightning is unavoidable because the polarization becomes too great for the atmosphere to withstand the flow of electricity. The lightning neutralizes the charge separation, essentially relieving the strain of polarization.

There’s another lesser known sort of volcanic lightning, however, which happens right at the mouth of the volcano and is significantly less orderly (not the normal branching, bolting lightning we’re used to seeing), manifesting as chaotic sparks probably as the result of a hefty charge inside the volcano itself.

How Many Different Types of Lightning You will find?

The answer to this question depends on who you ask, and what you think about a”type” of lightning. The typical classifications are as follows:

Cloud-to-cloud (intercloud, which is lightning moving between separate clouds, and intracloud, which is lightning moving in the same cloud).

Cloud-to-ground (Less common but more dangerous than cloud to cloud. If anything on the ground is struck by lightning, it was cloud-to-ground.) Cloud-to-ground lightning is more complicated than a simple bolt shooting directly from a cloud, however, and includes charges moving up and down from both the cloud and the ground.

Cloud-to-sky (Also known as sprites, cloud-to-sky lightning occurs in the upper atmosphere. They lack the hot temperatures of other types of lightning, and normally have a reddish-orange hue.)

Lightning is also sometimes further defined as:

Ribbon lightning (Successive strokes of lightning are displaced by wind, leading to a broadened appearance, almost like a double-exposed photograph ).

Bead lightning (The corrosion of the luminosity of the bolt of lightning, resulting in a beaded appearance. This happens very quickly and is hard to capture.)

St. Elmo’s Fire this isn’t actually lightning, but often closely associated with it and seen during electrical storms. St. Elmo’s Fire (not to be confused with ball lightning as it frequently is) is the result of a gap in electrical charge. It’s made of plasma (ionized atmosphere that emits a glow) and, while lightning is the movement of electricity from a charged point, St. Elmo’s Fire is a coronal discharge that sparks up at the area where there is a drastic difference in charge between the air and an object like the mast of a boat or the steeple of a church. St. Elmo’s Fire is exactly the same thing that occurs in a fluorescent tube- basically a continuous spark, glowing blue because of the particular combination of air molecules. It may also choose a purple hue.

St. Elmo’s Fire is very tricky to locate accurate images or videos of. Many videos exist which claim to be St. Elmo’s Fire but are actually just static discharge (a frequent phenomenon around planes in the midst of storms). A simple way to tell the difference is that St. Elmo’s Fire doesn’t look like lightning- rather it emits a steady glow.

Ball lightning- The most mysterious sort of”lightning”, there is some dispute among scientists as to whether ball lightning really exists. Arc faults along power lines (which appear as large, impossibly bright balls of light) and photographic anomalies are both to blame for the confusion.

Lightning regularly strikes water, so never go swimming or boating during a storm. If you are in the water when a storm begins, get out of the water as quickly as possible.
Lightning strikes will follow anything that conducts electricity, so stay off your landline phone in a storm and turn off/unplug your computers. If lightning strikes your property, even the strongest of surge protectors will have a hard time protecting your equipment. (Radio waves don’t conduct electricity, so as long as your mobile phone isn’t plugged into an outlet and you’re not standing outside during the storm with the metallic device held to your face, it is safe to use it. They do not strangely”attract” lightning more than any other object with metal inside ).
Lightning does in fact strike twice (the Empire State building is struck 20-25 times per year), so don’t rely on old adages to your security information.
If you are caught in a thunderstorm and cannot get inside to safety, crouch low to the ground but don’t lay flat. Try to maintain as much of your body from touching the ground as you can, because you’re in more danger of being injured by currents traveling across the floor after a lightning strike than of being spilled directly by a bolt.
A flash-to-bang (seeing lightning to hearing thunder) ratio of 5 minutes equals one mile of distance from the lightning. Ten seconds equals two miles, etc..
Lightning in Mythology

One has only to see an electrical storm themselves to comprehend why so many individuals have associated lightning and thunder with deity. A few popular legends and myths about lightning:

The Thunderbird common to North American indigenous cultures is thought to make thunder from the beating of its wings, and lightning is created by glowing snakes that it carries or directly from its eyes.
There is so much more to learn about lightning in all of its various incarnations. It’s a stark reminder of the incredible powerful forces of nature that surround us on all sides. Despite how much we learn about it on a scientific level, we may always be inclined to associate this incredible force with deity.

Get rid of the clutter

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Your home might be cluttered due to bad habits making your house and office organizing jobs very difficult. It’s possible to live peacefully in your home just once you keep the house fully decluttered and as such you should never postpone the decluttering work. Do the organizing clutter job each day even in smaller installments, either by yourself or get it done by others. After forming a regular habit, it is possible to take big cluttering jobs to make a difference in your dwelling. Avoid the habit of hoarding collections like shoes, clothing, CDs, magazines, books, etc..

Now let us learn some organizing tips to understand how to declutter a home and in a better way. Give a rest to your wallet and avoid regular buying of stuff. Whenever you bringing a new item into your house, ensure that you eliminate something else to the storage space. You can make it a policy to remove and dispose two old items for every entry of a new item. Set yourself a kitchen timer for ten or twenty minutes to focus on your decluttering job. Avoid distraction during the period and do not involve yourself in any other routine jobs. Maintaining the unwanted presents also make a good deal of clutter. Go on and declutter for organizing the house and to keep your house under control.

Better home and workplace organizing can also help in creating the environment clean as such activities also help in organizing clutter. But in the future you find it hard to take care of a cluttered household. Due to a busy lifestyle, you may tend to accumulate many things that you really don’t need any more. Mostly clutter results from items such as newspapers, magazines, trinkets sitting on shelves and dust. As you need to begin a long journey, only with a little step, you need to make a small start of your decluttering project by starting the job from the room entrance. You can quickly move on to every section of your property by taking at least three boxes with you, the first one for keeping useful things, the next box for dumping unnecessary things and keep the third box for putting things that need to be temporarily stored. When you have enough time, you can analyze the boxes and treat them accordingly.

You must pose yourself the question, the way to declutter home. You can keep things together for creating your decluttering task easier. Do not throw a coffee cup or a towel for picking this up later. Such habits of procrastination will quickly clutter your dwelling. You have to eliminate laziness and learn new customs to frequently clean your home. Now that you have learned how to declutter house, you must begin now without postponing for tomorrow.

Protect your pool

Sometimes, both domestic and wild creatures find their way to swimming pools and pose a difficulty to both owners and swimmers.

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The Burmese python was seen curled up in the corner of the pool and proprietor Suladie Miranda called 911. The snake was eliminated by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Venom Unit. However, investigators guessed this python particularly could have been an escaped exotic pet, meaning that this scenario is possible everywhere that pets are kept.

This is dangerous for a couple reasons. This threat is true for all kinds of predatory animals. Alligators and semi-aquatic snakes such as cottonmouths and pythons can occasionally be found in commercial and residential pools. Before getting into the swimming pool, scan it to be certain no unwelcome guests have come for a visit. Check the filter, also, where smaller animals may wind up.

Other non-predatory creatures frequently unintentionally fall into the pool, such as raccoons and opossums, and sometimes drown. These animals, occasionally, can be harmful, but another issue is contamination. These exceptional cases can upset the sanitation in a sense that the average pool owner does not know how to repair.

If you find an animal in your pool, call the regional police or animal control. Attempting to fish it out yourself, even if it’s dead, can be risky.

The question is, how do you stop situations like these? 1 response is a pool cover and gate. However, in the event of the buffalo, the creature broke through the cover, and, as found from the New Port Richie alligator pool invader last April, they could undergo enclosures, also.

Another alternative is a pool alarm. Pool alarms track the pool surface for disruptions. That means an alarm will sound anytime creatures enter the pool. By doing this, you will have the chance to find the animal removed before the pool becomes contaminated even worse or until the creature becomes a security threat.

The alarm isn’t only great for preventing animals going into the pool but for unsupervised children and unwanted adults, also.

Wild Turkeys

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Almost everyone knows that Ben Franklin wanted the Wild Turkey to be our national symbol, rather than the bald eagle. But do you know why? Well, it appears that in those days everywhere you looked there was a wild turkey strutting about. Not only that, but he admired the beautiful mating display once the male’s tail feathers were unfurled in all their glory. Additionally, the familiar”gobble, gobble” further endeared the wild turkey to Old Ben.

Nowadays we are more comfortable with the domesticated white turkey that we enjoy at Thanksgiving. By the way, why is the domestic turkey white? Many years ago our wild turkey was bred with the Mexican turkey leading to the color change. There is still evidence of the wild turkey in the dark brown tail tips of the kind we eat today.

If You Feed Wild Turkeys?

There’s a long-standing controversy over whether people should interfere with the natural course of things. However, turkeys forage for food on the forest floor. They scratch at the dirt and overturn leaves and branches. When you’ve got a foot of snow covered by a layer of ice, it’s extremely tough to do any scratching for food. That is why I am a strong advocate of gathering acorns in the autumn so that I can leave them under my bird feeders for the turkeys when snow is heavy. I also scatter sunflower seeds and cracked corn in addition to the snow to the wild turkeys. I get a great satisfaction from helping them to survive the worst winter conditions.

What Else Do Wild Turkeys Eat?

Besides acorns, they love the other kinds of nuts: hickory nuts, hazel nuts, butternuts, etc.. Fruit is another component of their diet, in addition to sunflower and other flower and weed seeds, insects and salamanders. We have plenty of salamanders hiding under stones in our woods, and there’s no shortage of insects either.

Where Do Turkeys Sleep?

I’ll never forget one morning when I started up in the woods for a walk. I had disturbed a flock of wild turkeys that was roosting in the tall white pines! They are far safer there than on the ground where foxes, wild dogs, coyotes, etc. find them easy night prey.

How Fast Can They Fly?

They can also run. Their top running speed is 20 mph! They maintain a good steady walking pace also. Covering a few miles a day is normal for them.

How Many Infants Do They Have?

A female turkey will choose a bush in the woods under which she’ll lay a clutch of tan and brown speckled eggs from 4 to 17 in number. Mama will indulge her girls by feeding them, but just for the first couple of days. She roosts on the ground with her infants, also known as’poults’, during this time. After that they are on their own and quickly learn to forage for themselves. But, her young will travel with her at a flock all year right through the winter.

Male turkeys are quiet, secretive and elusive most of the time. However when they want to secure their harem of hens, they make clucking and peeping sounds, and sometimes a low drumming comes from deep in their throats.

The female is a drab brown/black color and quite thin in the spring. But come autumn all the turkeys take on a much plumper shape. Turkeys have a ‘wattle’, which is a flap of skin under their chin. Another flap of skin that hangs over their beaks is called a’snood’. Both may turn bright red once the turkey is agitated or excited.

How Heavy Do Wild Turkeys Grow?

Having to make their way from the wild retains turkeys slimmer than their domestic counterparts. They will weigh from 5 to 19 lbs. Their body measures a hefty 3- to nearly 4 feet with a wingspan of 4 to almost 5 feet! Domestic turkeys weigh twice as much as wild turkeys and are much too heavy to fly.

How Long Do Turkeys Live?

The average life span of a turkey in the wild is only three or four years. Considering all the predators out there and the survival challenges, you can see why that is the case.

Also, their territories are decreasing rapidly. Their fondness for hardwood forests which are connected to grassy fields provides them with good food resources, roosting and hiding areas. Unfortunately, hardwood forests are being cut down to supply materials for human habitation.

Despite their size, these terrific birds can take into the air in an explosive burst of speed. They could turn their heads up to 270 degrees, and they have excellent vision and hearing. They could dazzle us with their courtship dances and displays.

I think Old Ben was right. They would have made an superb national symbol! Gobble, Gobble!


Brown and Black Tarantula

Tarantulas have been a relatively common pet now for many years. They are unique, quiet, and need little space, and keeping tarantulas as pets can make a fascinating hobby. In actuality, tarantulas are one of the very low maintenance yet exotic pets you’ll discover. In addition, tarantulas are mild and can be trained quite well as pets.

Tarantulas are a member of the spider family. Beyond this, there are some very interesting and distinguishing characteristics that set them apart from other spiders. They have very hairy legs and bodies, and can live about 30 years. They spin no webs but catch prey by pursuit and fighting. Many tarantulas also”talk” by produce a hissing sound by rubbing their limbs or front legs against each other.

There are over 800 species of tarantula. They are native to a lot of locations and climates in the wild. They are roughly divided into two groups:”old world” (in the eastern hemisphere) and”new world” (in the western hemisphere). Concerning pet care, they are further split into desert or tropical species, and ground-dwelling or aboreal (tree-dwelling).

Tarantulas range in size from only an inch or so to comparative giants measuring almost a foot across. The Goliath Tarantula, which inhabits South America, reaches a body length of 5 inches with a leg span of up to 12 inches. However, the huge majority of species stay small enough to be securely and comfortably housed in a standard 5 to 10 gallon terrarium or aquarium tank (a cover should be provided to prevent escape).

The majority of tarantulas are black (most men ) or brown (most females), but some species exhibit dramatic colors. The level of coloring varies with the species and geographical location. Even”plain” brown spiders vary greatly in shade from a soft tan, through red brown to dark brown.

As an example of the pet tarantula, a great and popular selection for the beginning spider proprietor is the pink rose or the Chilean Rose tarantula. They are naturally docile and slow moving animals which can be readily handled by the novice keeper with some care. The ground dweller is a far simpler habitat to replicate to make your spider feel at home and be comfortable.

Still another intriguing phenomenon exhibited by the tarantula is molting. Tarantulas have exoskeletons and don’t have internal skeletons. Exoskeletons do not allow for growth so for the tarantula to grow it has to molt from its old exoskeleton. Mature tarantulas molt once or twice per year, and baby tarantulas molt more often as they’re growing so quickly.

Observing the molting of tarantulas is definitely one of the most exciting adventures in keeping them. If you notice your tarantula on its back, it is probably molting. Most tarantulas will quickly for about a week before the molting starts and they definitely won’t eat during the molting. Don’t put live crickets or other food in the cage during the molting. It takes several days for the new exoskeleton to harden. Molting is trying on a spider, and it’s also completely vulnerable at that moment, so do not handle or disturb it at all at this time, but observe with fascination!

As we mentioned at the start, tarantulas are among the most low maintenance pets you will find. And once a habitat is initially set up, the only essential things left to do is a weekly or twice-a-week feeding, and regular misting of this habitat with some room-temperature bottled water to maintain proper humidity.

For food, live crickets or any other similar insects can be bought at your neighborhood pet shop, but you should not catch and feed into your tarantula insects from the wild because of the possibility of pesticides and other contaminants. One or two crickets per feeding is usually great, depending on how big your tarantula. Water should be always available for your tarantula to drink, and must be offered in a dish that’s large enough for your tarantula to fit its body in but not too heavy so that it will not accidentally drown.

You should attempt to keep the tarantula’s enclosure clean. Insects that you feed your spider can be somewhat messy when the spider is done consuming it so clean the remains up. The spider’s excrement is easily cleaned up with a tissue or paper towel. With routine light housekeeping, the caging material and cage itself need not be cleaned out over a once or twice per year.

For humidity, desert species could be sprayed lightly about once per week, and rain forest dwellers as much as once each day. Desert tarantulas prefer a humidity of 30% to 50% range. Tropical species require higher humidity from 75% to 100%. Most tarantulas can be kept comfortably in a temperature range of 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and this means little or no supplemental heating system must maintain these animals. Having a humidity gauge and a thermometer is a great idea just to make sure your spider’s requirements are about right. Do keep the cage or tank out of direct sunlight. Glass containers especially can become really hot which can kill your tarantula. Also, added lighting is not needed and can be detrimental.

For greatest enjoyment for both you the pet owner as well as your pet, you can decorate your tarantula’s habitat just a little bit. It is not tough to design a simple, yet aesthetically pleasing and obviously beautiful enclosure. Simple experimentation will show what works for you and for your pet. In actuality, decorating and designing your pet’s habitat may be among the most fun and creative experiences in maintaining a tarantula! It is a good idea to look into the origins, behaviors, and needs of those species that interests you before you purchase it or begin filling and decorating a habitat.

As mentioned, some species come from harsh deserts, and these tarantulas are inclined to be ground-dwelling burrowers. Others live high in the rainforest canopies of Asia and South America. Obviously keeping a tropical tree spider in a dry setup with no vertical height for scaling would cause a stressed and short-lived animal. Tropical, tree-dwelling species can be kept in taller encloses with slightly less floor space than previously recommended. Likewise, deeper enclosures can be used for burrowing desert species. Given some time in their home, most tarantulas will start to make their own hide-outs, some even moving around cage furnishings. This is good, let them do it. Your tarantula knows better than you do what it likes.

There should be a simple hiding structure or shelter like a half-log or coconut hut, or maybe some bits of rock or driftwood. However you choose to do it, don’t forget the fundamental idea of making your tarantula feel secure in the home. Some substrate (cage bedding) will be required, the best being pure orchid bark, coconut husk peat bedding, pure vermiculite, or comparatively clean potting soil, or even a mixture of these.

Not scary beasts out to bite you, but rather, incredibly agile and interesting creatures. Tarantulas are delicate animals, and when handling them be very careful that they don’t fall, as they are sometimes skittish and a short fall can injure them seriously or even kill them.

It is true that tarantulas aren’t the best choice for a pet that you will be able to handle very much, but this is largely because of stress and danger to the spider rather than threat to the handler. For the tarantula owner, the chances of being bitten by a tarantula are extremely rare and even if through carelessness a sting should occur, the venom when injected into a individual usually causes only slight swelling, with some numbness and itching which disappears in a brief time. If it occurs, clean the bite site with soap and water and protect against disease.

Although they are not the cuddly variety, tarantulas are fascinating creatures that may be wonderful, gentle pets. The trick to successfully owning any exotic animal is to learn as much as you can about the species itself and the care of it.

Dealing with rude customers

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Rude customers will be a part of any company, sooner or later. Luckily, there are ways to lessen the problems they might otherwise create for you. Here are three tips to help you deal well with customers who are rude:

Realize that rude customers generally are not upset with you

Perhaps something earlier happened, which disappointed them. In other cases, they might be considering something bad from the distant past. Either way, there’s usually very little you can do to remedy the situation. You might ask these customers if you can help them in any way, and by simply drawing their attention to their behaviour, find that the situation immediately improves.

Occasionally, the reason your customers are being rude is because of flaw (real, perceived, or otherwise) with your product, service, or other portion of your company. In cases like this, you should do anything you can to resolve the problem, or find someone who can help more. The last thing a client wants to hear is that”It is not my responsibility,””Our policy is (insert poor excuse here),” or a similar statement. Clients (even rude ones) need resolution, or at the very least, to be treated with kindness and understanding of their situation. While you may be unable to directly improve the matter, you should under no conditions make it worse. A little empathy can go a long way towards defusing the customer’s rudeness.

Recognize that some customers Can’t be pleased

Some clients are just generally in a bad mood. For these customers, you may do everything possible, yet still not be able to satisfy them. In these examples, success may mean just barely keeping them from leaving, and as long as you realize this, you can save yourself many headaches. Sometimes, you will finally realize that certain clients are just a poor fit for your organization. When customers are routinely rude, abusive, attempt to take advantage of your small business, or violate standards of acceptable behavior, then you should probably bid them farewell, and ask them to not return. In the truest sense, these aren’t clients, but rather problems which are waiting to happen, and there’s no reason for you to wait until disaster strikes.

To sum up, you can cope better with rude customers by taking a step back from the situation, empathizing with their problems, and realizing that some customers can not be helped. When you use these suggestions, you’ll find rude customers to be no more challenging to deal with than any other customer.