As a boy, I spend a lot of time in the canyons,
Checking out critters I saw there on the run.
One of my favorites critters that I did often see,
Was the collared lizard looking so cool to me.
In the Texas Panhandle out around Borger,
I ran across a lot of critters of all orders.
I became familiar with the critters there,
As I grew up with them around everywhere.
Out in those red hills where I did often play,
A gray species of the Blister Beetle did stay
That everyone avoided like a mean baby sitter,
As they secrete a chemical making skin blisters.
The Scorpion was out roaming in the clay of red,
And he had a big stinger tail hanging over his head,
I recall one time I had one crawling on my back,
And in a flash, I was out of my sleeping bag sack.
There was a click beetle that made a loud noise,
Snapping his neck back and forth with poise,
If you held his lower half between finger tips
You could feel vibrations as he did his click.
There also was a stink bug found everywhere,
That stunk real bad smell if touched somewhere,
At times when we were wearing old work gloves,
We mashed one making our buddy stink with a shove.
The cicada sang his song in the summertime,
While sitting there on a tree blending in fine.
If you used your ears following and listening,
You could find him with big wings glistening.
The cicada wasp killed cicadas with a big sting
They scared me a lot buzzing as cicadas did sing,
This large wasp must have had a big venom load,
If stung, I imagined blowing up like a big old toad.
We had a tumble bug or dung beetle as some call,
That found cow paddies, laid egg and made a ball,
Then it rolled it on off and buried it in the ground,
An egg hatched and baby bug ate the crap so round.
The cow killer crawled all around on the prowl.
That was said to have a sting that could kill a cow.
For that reason, I gave this bug a very wide berth,
As I saw them almost daily for what that is worth.
There was one critter I saw a lot out in the hills of red,
That with one strike could put you in a hospital bed,
We called the Diamond Back Rattlesnake on the ground,
That grew to 7 feet long there near my own home town.
Thanks for reading Panhandle Critters,