We let Zane watch nature shows. Animal Planet, National Geographic, Discovery, etc., are on our channel rotation. Zane loves Monster Bug Wars! right now, but Planet Earth has had some heavy rotation, particularly the Cave episode. That episode featured the Texas Blind Salamander, who lives in caves under the San Marcos area. Zane loves that salamander. It is kind of cute, don't you think? Maybe it's just me.
Some people have hollered at me about letting Zane watch these shows. Zane is too young to watch lions stalking and killing things, I've heard. He shouldn't be watching terrible things like animals getting murdered and eaten! I'm off the Mother of the Year list, apparently. And I'm okay with that. Zane needs to learn that the world is not all about fluffy bunny
slippers, and where best to learn that? I'm certainly not planning on a trip to Africa any time soon. There are many valuable life lessons to be gleaned from watching nature shows. Every living organism out there has to eat, for instance. As far as I know, Pizza Hut does not deliver to the Serengeti, so lions and other animals have to find their own food. See--valuable life lesson right there!
I've been more grossed out watching Monster Bug Wars! than what they show on the Nat Geo shows. I really would not want to be food for a giant scorpion, for instance. Or praying mantis(is plural 'mantises' or 'manti'?). Those bugs don't tend to wait for their dinner to die before they start ripping and chewing. Ew.
Zane and I have learned quite a bit from watching the insect shows. For instance, black widow spiders like to hang out in dark places. Scorpions like to
hang out in dark places. Boots and most shoes have dark places. How do most bites by these critters happen? People sticking their feet in their boots and shoes without shaking them out first.
And YES!!!! Praying mantids will eat birds and small mammals! So if you ever get shrunk down to insect size, you are probably better off not venturing into the garden.
I have not had to say anything to Zane about leaving his shoes outside since we saw that episode. Not one word. See?