Since Brian & Lois moved to their house at The Village in January, we have all had the chance to become up close and personal with some of the creatures of South Africa - the Niehoffs more so than the rest of us. You've seen the pictures of our tortoise, and also of our Mole Snake and the alleged Puff Adder. You may remember our unknown creature guests.
Now, meet the newest member of our family. I'm certain that this is something from the Book of Revelation. Almost everyone here who saw it didn't even know what it was, thinking it was maybe a mutant grasshopper/cricket/spider/thingy. Eventually someone told us it is known as a Corn Cricket. It is about the size of a small tarantula, which is huge for a cricket. The spikes and armor make it look like a creature from your childhood nightmares. We're told it's main defense mechanism is excreting a foul odor which is nearly impossible to remove. I've been telling Amber for nearly 9 years now that I have the same defense mechanism, but she won't buy that it is for defense. Oh, well.