Post by Waggamaniac on Mar 21, 2016 8:36:02 GMT -5
Just found out about this site, and joined up. I began trapping when quite young, a few years before New Orleans' Westbank Expressway was built. Now my trapping involves searching out animal parasites with the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Jackson County, MS. We're identifying parasite species relationships by extracting DNA for comparisons - new stuff for me, and hard work to learn it. We've just discovered that a series of gut parasites of raccoons, possums, and mink, thought to be two different species, are all the same single species. The parasites just look different depending on in which animal's belly they grow up; the DNA patterns are identical.
I need a possum to collect more specimens, and have them trooping through my back yard, but won't trap again until the young are out of the pouch.
This all started in Waggaman on the West Bank, and you have to be a maniac to keep doing this stuff, so....... "Waggamaniac".