Photos of readers

After this I have only one contribution left, so now’s your chance.

Today’s reader is Scott Moody, animal lover. Here’s his intro and a few photos:

Emeritus Professor, 40 years at Ohio University, teaching human anatomy at the medical school, and herpetology, mammalogy, forensic biology, intro bio (ecology, behavior and evolution), and history of biology.  Working on my 20 acre farm and woodlands, restoring native vegetation, improving the soil, removing invasive species, and working with my Belgian Draft Horses (photo with Mollie).  During the May-October season I am a wildlife zoologist monitoring for the endangered species Timber Rattlesnake along construction of highways, natural gas lines and electric transmission lines in southern Ohio.   I rescue other wildlife as well: photos are of me with a 7 foot long Midland Black Ratsnake and the first Sandhill Crane documented for Athens County;   She was missing a foot (all healed) but apparently ran out of gas flying from Florida to Michigan.


  1. rickflick
    Posted July 24, 2020 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    I’d have to guess we’re looking at the result of an encounter between a sandhill crane and an alligator in a Florida swamp. Maybe near Tara Tanaka.

  2. C.
    Posted July 24, 2020 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Impressive. What a wonderful academic/educational career and honorable yet depressing seasonal activity. Were I in possession of a hat such as yours I would doff it in your general direction.

  3. merilee
    Posted July 24, 2020 at 3:15 pm | Permalink


  4. scruffycookie
    Posted July 24, 2020 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful photos!! And wonderful work that you’re doing, as well. Thank you for sharing!

    • merilee
      Posted July 24, 2020 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

      I have never seen a crane picked up. A beauty! (You can have the snake😬)

      • scruffycookie
        Posted July 24, 2020 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

        I’ve held a large boa before–they’re actually very soft and if you stroke them the proper direction, they feel rather nice. 🙂

        • merilee
          Posted July 24, 2020 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

          I’ve also held a boa, when I was 13 at Whipsnade Zoo in London, but greatly prefer the bird.

  5. Posted July 24, 2020 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    I wish I could audit some of your courses.

  6. James
    Posted July 24, 2020 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Good God, what does Dr. Moody do in his spare time?????

    • jezgrove
      Posted July 24, 2020 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

      Indeed – amazing!

      • Michael Rule
        Posted July 24, 2020 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

        Beat me to it!

  7. Posted July 24, 2020 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Terrific! Keep up your good and important work.

  8. Max Blancke
    Posted July 24, 2020 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Nice critters.

  9. boudiccadylis
    Posted July 24, 2020 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful horse. It’s similar to the one I sat on while my grandfather tilled the garden.

  10. Janet
    Posted July 24, 2020 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    That crane is beautiful, and what a survivor. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Glenda Palmer
    Posted July 24, 2020 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing. Really enjoyed your comments and photos.

  12. Posted July 24, 2020 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Reader and wildlife pictures at the same time. If you have more like this, you should submit. They are interesting.

  13. aljones909
    Posted July 24, 2020 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful. A racing pigeon is the largest creature I’ve rescued.

  14. Mark R.
    Posted July 24, 2020 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Typical WEIT reader: cool and magnanimous person…myself excluded, of course. 😉

  15. Posted July 24, 2020 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to know what Dr. Moody eats. Gotta be god stuff to give him all that get-up-and-go! What an amazing life you have, sir!

  16. Ron
    Posted July 25, 2020 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    How do you post a photo?

  17. Blue
    Posted July 25, 2020 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    Sweet – looking constrictor, Dr Moody.

    And a very interesting sentence ( of which
    I have already shared to my Georgian son
    who mountain bikes and camps out there
    a lotta.lotta. ) within your wikipedia link
    of ” In the state of Georgia, all indigenous,
    nonvenomous snakes are illegal to kill or
    capture, and are considered to be in the
    custody of the Georgia Department of
    Natural Resources.[9] ”

    Its page there was last edited just this
    month. So it makes me wonder and perhaps
    you may know thus: surely.surely.
    almost all other of the United States also,
    do they not, have in place such legal
    conservation statues ? And if they do not
    by now, t h e n why th”ell not ? !


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