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Turkey Tracks: No No Penny’s Skull

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Turkey Tracks:  June 23, 2012

No No Penny’s Skull

The Maine woods are now summer dark–closed in, dense with ferns, mysterious.  Sometimes, as trees blow in a breeze, the sun penetrates along paths, dappling them, beckoning one to enter…

I’ve been out in the yard weeding, weeding, planting, seeding, watering, enjoying.  I have not been hiking once this summer.

No No Penny divides her time between staying near me, fruitlessly trapping chipmunks in the rocks, and patrolling our woods.  She’s the only thing that stands between the chickens and racoon, skunk, coyote, fox, and, yes, a bear has been sighted near our house.

A few days ago, she dragged in this skull:

Here’s the inside:

The teeth are VERY sharp.  Here’s a close-up shot:

I’m thinking it’s a deer skull.  Deers, I think, would need grinding teeth this sharp to eat evergreen branches in the winter…  And, it’s the right size.

What do you think?

In any case, the grandchildren will have fun bleaching it out when they come.  I’m sure it will find its way to Isle of Palms, like the deer antlers we found in the yard…

Written by louisaenright

June 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm

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  1. No where do you mention dimensions. That would help determine whether it is indeed a deer scull. If it is the right size, then I agree it is probably a deer. The front of the scull has been eroded or chewed off. I have a skull collection. turdle, alligator, cyote, woodpecker, horse and cow/heifer. I am trying to decide what to do with them all!!

    June Derr

    June 23, 2012 at 7:14 pm

  2. How cool

    Susan Heath

    June 23, 2012 at 9:04 pm

  3. I just found something like this in my back yard but it’s all broke up, the teeth are identical. And there was white fur all around it. Let me know if you find out what it is!

    Cynthia

    March 25, 2015 at 3:29 pm


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