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Posted by DeanAlessandrini on February 04, 2003 at 07:21:40:
In Reply to: Dean, have you ever used one of these? posted by gila7150 on February 03, 2003 at 22:34:58:
:The "burrow cam" as it's known by the indigo and tortoise reserchers is (at present) considered the #1 surveying tool for indigos. Better methods are needed.
Problem: 100's and 100's of burrows, few snakes, and very few people to do the time consuming back breaking work. Add to that:
Gopher tortoise burrows average about 6-8 feet in total depth and 15' long (some up to 30') Most of the burrows go in a few feet and make a sharp turn. Burrow sand and soil tends to be damp.
This all adds up to making it very difficult to manuver the scope around, and...what usually happens is the thing gets covered in wet sand the second you hit a turn.
A few indigos have been found this way...but not many.