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Road kill

The state of the wild animal life in a country is judged by the road kill as far as I am concerned. America lots of animals and lots of diverse road-kill, Russia no animals on the roads, dead or alive.

South America the  dogs  are  winner , or really the losers, of the “dead by the side of the road” competition. They are closely followed by skunks, pretty little black things with distinctive white stripes which were most common in Uruguay.  Guanaco, a type of llama was a large deer sized hit in southern Argentina, the tiny head of this animal didn’t give it much chance for a brain size able to compute traffic. We were often scared on the bikes by the unpredictable and stupid  reactions of the guanaco waiting at the side of the road until you were close then racing across in front of you.

In the same areas were the Rhea, a small ostrich type bird that tended to be fast and unpredictable reaching speeds of over 60kph running along side the road, often seen dead in the mornings in the pampas areas.

The heat and humidity of the Missiones area meant lots of small silver snakes pressed into the seal and the  occasional hawke  trying to get lunch payed the ultimate price.

My favourite is still the soft grey owl from Argentina  and  close second place to the huge lizard from Uruguay. I would have liked to be here  to see when the tarantulas all swarm and driving along is quite crunchy. The occasional big hairy spider was a wonderful sight though, and the best trier award goes to the snake that lunged at me as I rode past.

One Response to Road kill

  1. Brian Haworth April 29, 2010 at 9:27 pm #

    Hi Guys
    Now that you have nearly completed your journey I wish to thank you for sharing it with us.Every few days from the beginning I have caught up with your travels and seen all your photos.Your short folksy snapshots of local life and experiences make it so real.
    I also heard Gareth on Newstalk zb
    I followed your Nordic trip as well(my wife was in Nth Norway the same day) and look forward to your next expedition to the amazon.
    Cheers Brian H.

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