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#31 of 43 Old 03-09-2011, 12:00 PM
 
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Hm. Depends on the age of the kid and the personality and where else we're headed. Older child, probably, unless we were going to be out a long time and no where to wash up. Younger child, no, because he's going to stick either the worm (less likely) or his hands into his mouth within 2 minutes of putting the worm down. Same thing for live worms actually. DD goes fishing, DS is not old enough yet.

 

I would say no to vertebrates though. Too many potential contaminants. 


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I hate worms. I appreciate their contribution to the health of our planet but they seriously creep me out.

But yeah, DD has picked 'em up, more than once. Whatcha gonna do? And, let's be honest, she's touched a lot of things that are more germy and disgusting than dead worms. orngtongue.gif

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Sure :) A live one / dead one ... whatever.

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I would of let her, but I would of made her wash her hands afterwards.

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Of course! I used to find them in pants or jacket pockets when mine were young. ;)


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Yes.  And dead mice and moles and the ocasional bird or rabbit.  It really is amazing to move a bird's wing back and forth and see how the joints work.  To look at the whole digestive track of a freshly killed squirrel is more interesting when you can compare it to that of a chicken's because your've been involved int the processing of your own chickens that you eat, kwim? 

 

I do not let my children touch mushrooms, because I don't what is poisonous and what is not.  I don't like mushrooms much so I don't plan to learn either.

 

And fwiw, we usually bury any animal that we've dissected, explored or otherwise seen after its death, out of respect.


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Yep!


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Yep!  (Sorry about the double post!  Not sure how that happened, or how to delete it!)


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When a naturalist or scientist pick up dead things they usually know what killed it or they are wearing gloves.  

 

A dead worm or insect I would have little problems with, mammals/birds/reptiles we would explore with our eyes or a barrier.  Reptiles can carry salmonella.  

 

I did not use anti-bacterial lotions that often but this would be time it would be nice to have a small bottle.  

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When a naturalist or scientist pick up dead things they usually know what killed it or they are wearing gloves.  



As a former wildlife biologist, I'd say that naturalists and scientists are generally a lot more relaxed about handling dead things that most of the people posting on this thread, and are actually pretty likely to pick them up without gloves or without knowing exactly what killed them.  (But they also have a fairly good idea what the possible risks are, and whether a particular dead thing is likely to pose a risk.)

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So I guess this is a stupid question, but why can you get diseases from dead animals, but not from dead bugs?

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So I guess this is a stupid question, but why can you get diseases from dead animals, but not from dead bugs?


Because bugs aren't very closely related to us, so diseases that have evolved to use them as hosts probably won't infect humans.  Animals are more likely to carry viruses or bacteria that can also live successfully in humans.

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Yes, my kids can pick up dead worms.  Dead mammals -- not so much. A worm just seems more 'earthy' and a mammal or larger creature is like rotten meat I guess?

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