I leaned in for closer
inspection and discovered a most bizarre looking insect-like creature, which
I had never before witnessed in the preserve.
It was roughly a quarter of an inch long with a round plump earth
colored abdomen. At one end of its body
it appeared to have a forked tail, but as I looked closer I realized it was not
a tail at all, but long, sharp, serrated sickle-like jaws. The creature remained motionless as I eyed it
carefully. I picked up a twig and gently prodded the creature, to which it
responded by burying itself in the dirt with a quick sudden movement.