Animal Field Trip!


(dramatic music) – [Coyote] I see
a Snapping Turtle. (dramatic music) (birds chirping) (splashing) – [Mark] Got em? (yells) Yeah! (cheering) – Got one! (upbeat music) – [Coyote] On this episode
of Coyote’s Backyard, we will be heading
out to explore a place that I consider to be
my childhood backyard. The Holden Arboretum Established in 1931,
this wild place spans 36 hundred acres in
Northeastern Ohio and is home to wide variety of
plants and animals. When I was a kid, I
spent my summer searching this location for frogs,
snakes and turtles. Today I will be taking
a trip down memory lane as I lead members of
the coyote pack around the grounds to
search for wild life. So, if I put up these ears
so I can signal you guys like this, means I’ve seen
something everybody should see. – [Kid] How about this? Alright, I guess that
works, do you wanna do that? I like how it looks– – [Mark] Looks like a Coyote. – [Mario] Yeah, I like that. – That’s so smart,
what’s your name? – [Kid] Rigsby. – Rigsby! Rigsby decided that this is
going to be the Coyote symbol. I like it, here give
me like a Coyote, boop! Okay, so this will be
the Coyote symbol today, which means, be quiet,
something’s been seen and let’s be quiet
and every body’s so quiet so we are
catching animals. Sound good? – Yeah! – Let’s sneak up,
guys got your map? – Yeah. – [Mario] Coyote,
what are we doing? – [Girl] I don’t want
to hold my map anymore. – Alright, so right
now we are sneaking up on the Lotus Pond, which
is our first spot where we’re gonna actually
start looking for animals. Every body’s excited, now,
there are snapping turtles, snakes and frogs that live here, it’s just a matter
of, can we catch one. (adventurous music) (whispering) I see a big Bullfrog
right there. Stay back here, we’re going
to try to get that frog. – [Kids] Yeah. – [Kid] Got him! – He’s a little guy– Oh! I slipped in the water. Okay, let’s bring him back here
into the shade a little bit. The good news, is we
caught our first animal. But he’s just a little
tiny frog, right, we wanna see a really
big Bullfrog don’t we? – [Kid] That’s the bad news. – What, that it’s
a little tiny one? Well, all frogs are
pretty much created equal and he is pretty cute, isn’t he? – [Kids] Yeah. – So, do you guys know
what kind of frog this is? – [Kid] Bullfrog! – A Bullfrog! That’s right, and that’s
a good looking one. It’s nice to see these
little tiny frogs like this, cause it means the Eco System
is incredibly healthy and the tadpoles are
turning into frogs. Now, a frog this size, he’s
got lot of predators out there. You guys know what would
eat a frog like this? – [Kids] Snapping turtles. – Snapping turtles,
not a Coyote right? – [Girl] How about a snake? – A snake could eat a
frog like this, yeah, and he’s probably thinking
to himself right now, uh oh, look at all these
Coyote Pack members. You wouldn’t eat
this frog would ya? – No. – You wanna pet him? Just real gently on
the back right there? – No. – [Kid] I wanna pet him. – [Kid 2] I do! (upbeat music) – [Girl] I wanna pet him. – There you go. Now, frogs are totally
safe to catch and pet. Aright, well,
hopefully we’ll catch a bigger one but
this is a good start. So far, we are one for one. Watch how he swims off. You guys ready? – [Kid] Yeah! – One, two, three, bye buddy! Boop! – [Girl] Hey, there he is! – [Coyote] Did he swim down
and hide in the leaves? – [Kids] Yeah! – Alright, well,
we caught a frog! – Should we go back– – Let’s call it a day! – [Mark] Well, this
is the part where some body should
give you a high five. – Oh yeah, who
want’s a high five! Boom, boom, boom, boom! High fives all around! High fives, high fives! Alright, let’s go find
something a little crazy. (adventurous music) (leaves rustling) – [Kid] He got something! (cheering) – [Kid] It’s a turtle! – Sometimes you send up in the right place at the right time. That’s a pretty good sized Midland Painting
Turtle right there. At this time a day the turtles
are just basking up on top of these weed beds
absorbing light and I see the back of the carapace
here, all of that space is kinda like
a solar panel, right. They’re relying on the
sun to heat them up, so they can go out and hunt. This turtle does have
some algae on it’s shell, often time you don’t
see Painted Turtles with algae on their
shells because they spend so much time
basking in the sun. The sun kills the
algae and then their shell is usually very smooth. But you for some reason, because
you probably live in this real mucky area, have gotten
a lot of algae on you. What do you guys
wanna name this one? – [Kid] I know– – [Coyote] What? – [Mario] Picasso! Cause he’s a Painted. – Oh, okay. You guy’s wanna go with Picasso? – [Kids] Yeah! – Every once in
a while you gotta give one to Mario,
otherwise he’ll cry. (laughing) – [Mark] That’s
the only one Mario. – [Coyote] Alright, you guys
ready to let Picasso go? – [Kid] Yeah! – Alright, Mark
you got your shots? – [Mark] I did. – Alright, I’m gonna just put
Picasso out here in the weeds. – [Kid] I wanna get
that snapping Turtle. (adventurous music) – I see a snapping turtle. – No you don’t. Certainly do. – [Mark] Okay. – It’s 100 percent a snapping
turtle, far side of the pond. Okay, you guys can’t
see it from here, it’s by those green plants. Man. – [Mark] Catchable? – Yeah, definitely
is, it’s faced, it’s faced in the wrong dire– I mean, there’s no way to make a play on it when
it’s up like this. We’re gonna ignore
it for the moment but we are gonna go
around this side. The good thing about
where it’s positioned is, we’re not gonna disturb
it on that side. And there’s no people
walking over there, so, right here by these rocks there
are a lot of water snakes, so, that’s gonna be
our immediate target. Now, good news is, I
see a snapping turtle, there’s potential
for snapping turtles all throughout this pond. There’s about four of
them that live in here. The good news is, that
we see one, right? – You do not see
a snapping turtle. – I do see a snapping turtle. 100 percent see a
snapping turtle. What I’m gonna do, is have
you guys wait right here. Mario’s gonna go with me and
I’m gonna sneak up right by these rocks here and see if
I can get us a water snake. – Hey, look, there’s a Hawk! – That’s a Turkey Vulture. (adventurous music) (groans) (hissing) – [Mario] Alright,
every body stay back. (yelling) – [Coyote] Oh, he’s biting me! (dramatic music) – [Kid] Oh, gee, yes he did! – [Coyote] Now, everybody
this is dangerous. – [Mario] Get back. – So, we’re not gonna pet
this one, it’s very feisty. As you can see I’m
already bleeding. That is a Northern Water Snake. You don’t normally wanna jump
on rocks to catch snakes but today we definitely need
to see the animals, right? That didn’t take me long did it? Now, let me you guys a little
something about water snakes. They bite, right? Now, notice the
pattern of this snake. The pattern is very
distinct, you see that? See that speckled patterning? That kinda looks like a Water
Moccasin, kinda looks like a Copperhead, people often
times misidentify the Northern Water Snake for one
of those venomous species. However, this is non-venomous
but they do bite. Now, why am I bleeding
as much as I am? It’s not because
they have big teeth, it’s because they have an
anticoagulant in their saliva. Has anyone ever heard that term? Anticoagulant, basically,
it causes you to bleed a lot and the blood
doesn’t clot, right. So, it doesn’t
kinda stop bleeding. This is just gonna keep
dripping, see that Mark? – [Mark] Eh. – Yeah, and you know
what else he’s doing? (sniffing) (gagging) No, no biting. No biting. He’s also Musky. (gasps) Oh, he’s trying
to get you there. Oh, close to the
camera, alright, you guys ready to
put this snake back? Oh! He’s trying to get my nose. You guys ready to get this
snake back out in the wild? – [Kids] Yeah! – Yeah, he is bitey! Alright, here we
go, I’m gonna let him go right back
where he came from. (adventurous music) Alright, I’m gonna set him down. Bye buddy! – [Mark] Alright, so,
Coyote, what are we doing? – Alright, let’s scan over
this edge for snapping turtles. It’s dark and shady
right here so, it’s really tough to
see into the water. These geese are moving out,
which is good, means it won’t scare the snapping turtle
once we get over there. If the geese are acting
natural it means that the environment is natural and
hopefully we can land a dragon. If we hang out
here in the shade. – Where is he? – Okay, the snapping
turtles off this edge here. I think he went deeper
but I’m gonna sneak up on this edge just to
see if I see something. I’m gonna move all
along the edge of this so you guys stay here with Mark. Okay, or Mark, you’re
coming with me. – [Mark] I’m coming with you. – Okay, Mark’s coming with
me, everybody stay right here. (adventurous music) (dramatic music) Snapper right there. – [Mark] Yup. (dramatic music) (splashing) – [Mark] Got em? (yelling) Yeah! (cheering) – Got one! Oh, that’s old
Noseless right there. (raspberries) Man, he almost slipped
outta my hands. He is so slimy! (groans) Whoo! Now, before any body
gets any closer. I’m gonna set it
down for a second. (cheering) Hey we got one right! (clapping) Let’s not get bitten by it! Especially me. Now, this is Noseless. I don’t know if
you can see it from there but he
doesn’t have a nose. Something happened to
him early on in life, probably fighting
with another turtle. But as you can see they are
very, very snappy, right. So, you see where Mark is? You guys can get to
about where Mark is, don’t any body get
any closer because the turtles head is
facing that direction. Okay, right there,
good, good, good. Perfect. – [Kid] He doesn’t have a nose. – Awesome guys. Now, we can pet the snapping
turtle, at the very end I will turn it backwards
and one at a time we can come and pet
it’s tail, okay? Now, Noseless one of
the most consistent common Snapping
Turtles that I have caught here at The
Holden Arboretum. Always seems to be hunting
around the edges of Heath Pond and I still this you’re
incredibly handsome even though you don’t have a nose
because it makes you very, very unique looking and makes
you very easy to identify. Now, at– Can we for like
two seconds, can we be calm? Every body’s here,
they want to see you. You know we go through
this once a year. (laughing) Once a year. See, he’s smiling
for you guys but he would really like to bite me. So, this is a common
Snapping Turtle, of about average size, right. For me to catch a
turtle this size, I’m really excited
about it, right? But, what would be
even more exciting is a super enormous turtle. But this looks pretty
big to you guys, right? – [Kids] Yeah. – That’s a pretty big turtle. Now, can we think
of any predators for snapping turtle
of this size? What would eat a
turtle of this size? What do you think? – Maybe an Alligator? – [Kid] Oh, come on. – Maybe, but there
are no Alligators or Snapping Turtles around here. The honest answer
is only humans. Do you guys know that people
make Turtle Soup sometimes? – [Kids] Yeah. – Awe, no Turtle Soup for you. No soup for you buddy
don’t worry about it. You’re totally good. A turtle this size really
doesn’t have any predators. Now, when they’re smaller,
baby common snapping turtles are just a little
bit bigger than that, so, a turtle of that size
could be eaten by a bird or a larger turtle or a snake or
even like a Large Mouth Bass. You guys know what
Bass are, right? – [Kids] Yeah! – Alright, Mark, can you
kinda see his tail from there? – [Mark] Yup. – Alright, look how
I turn him like that. You guys see that
dragon looking tail? – [Kids] Yeah! – I have to keep a good
eye on the front end. One thing that I love
about these turtle’s tails, is I’m gonna kinda,
really delicately– Okay. No nose, Noseless, hey
buddy, I’m gonna let go with that hand, don’t you
try to spin and bite me. We’re gonna look at your tail. Check out those ridges. These are ostracoderms which
are pieces of bone covered in skin, scale
and at this point, some really gnarly
looking algae. Look at that, looks just
like the tail of a dragon. Let’s look at the plastron
the snapping turtle, ready, we’re bringing him up. Take a good look at that
guys, okay, there we go. Okay, there we go. Alright, you see that? Now, the plastron of the
common snapping turtle is much smaller than
other turtle species and that’s why they have evolved
to have this very gnarled skin, sharp claws and
that powerful bite. Whoo! Alright, hold on
one second guys, let’s a little wrap up
here and every body can pet Noseless’s tail,
how’s that sound? Well, I would definitely say
that was one epic adventure! We caught all sorts of creatures
and in the end landed one enormous common snapping turtle. I’m Coyote Peterson, be brave! – Stay wild! – We’ll see you on
the next adventure! You guys ready to
let this turtle go? – Yeah! (cheering) – All right! Say ‘thanks Noseless!’ – [All] Thanks Noseless! (slow music) – [Kid] Bye bye Noseless. – [Kid 2] Bye Noseless! (splashing) – Whoo! – [Mark] Nice! – Alright! The Holden Arboretum is the
location that is truly near and dear to my heart and I visit
every chance that I get. (adventurous music) Their continued preservation
of the natural world has defined them as one of
the top locations in The United States to enjoy
both plants and native animals. For me, being given
the opportunity to
lead members of the Coyote Pack around The
Holden Arboretum was like being a kid again and I hope
moving into the future that these young adventurous and
animal enthusiasts will help carry on my love and excitement
for this very special place. If you thought this episode of
Coyote’s Backyard was packed full of exciting animals,
make sure to go back and check out the time we
made a tide pool aquarium. And don’t forget, subscribe,
so you can join me and the crew on our
next big adventure. Get him in there! Yes! – Yeah buddy! – We have caught an Octopus! (howl)

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