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‘Tis the Season for Horror on the Rock

Summer is cockroach season in Bermuda. I remember clearly my horror at the roach I saw, days after arriving on island for the first time. The beast skittered across the floor of my children’s room, making its click click noises on its disgusting progress from...

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Island Escape Artist

Everyone who lives on an island has, at one time or another, had to deal with vermin. In the Dominican Republic, we’ve encountered mice, rats, snakes, scorpions, giant centipedes, tarantulas, lizards, and much, much more.   Though we’ve had several encounters with...

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It’s the Bugs’ Island, I’m Just Visiting

Anyone who knows me knows one unassailable fact: I hate bugs. I don’t mean I just don’t care for them. I am fairly certain that most people don't like bugs. Well, except for maybe entomologists. What I mean is I have an irrational and oversized fear of anything small...

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Are You Formicating on your Rock?

No… not fornicating – get your mind out of the gutter! That's an "m" there, not an "n." What in the world does formicating mean then? you may be asking. Well, it isn’t nearly as exciting as you may have initially thought - though it is quite relevant to island life....

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The Cycle of Island Critters

Given the consistency of the Caribbean climate, seasons don't mean much on my island. In fact, I'm almost jealous of my family in Canada who segue from the gorgeous sunshine-drenched days of summer into the frosty white landscape of Winter. Now those are seasons. Here...

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Boas in the Bahamas

"Dave, can you come here NOW? There's a snake in our living room." It's a testament to my years on Eleuthera that I wasn't screaming and running for cover when I saw the 3ft snake that had slithered into the living room via an open sliding glass door. Before moving to...

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