…or Beavers Butts Smell Like Vanilla

I invite you to go out whiffing nature. Matter of fact, I have what’s left of a copperhead in a bucket so you can come see if it indeed smells like cucumbers.

And I can vouch for the millipede smelling like (very strong) cherry cola.

The rest I’ll have to take the authors’ word for, or will be willing to have your first-hand accounts: do spadefoot toads really smell like peanut butter? We used to find them in Alalbama but truth be told,  I guess I was never tempted to snort one.

14 animals that smell like snack foods | MNN – Mother Nature Network

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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