[NAFEX] stiff squirrels
lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu
Wed Sep 27 09:36:43 EDT 2006
At 08:09 PM 9/26/2006, Alan wrote:
>Seeing as how the plaster is mixed half and half with oily peanut
>butter I'm going to agree with Lucky Pittman that it probably doesn't
>really set up in their guts. It would be an easy experiment to try.
>Take one of the finished plaster/peanut butter balls and mix it with
>the requisite amount of water. I'm pretty sure it won't actually set
I think I did that a year or so ago - dropped a couple of the
'bonbons' in a pan of water - and nothing seemed to happen.
POP is Calcium sulfate hemihydrate, a derivative of gypsum - I'm not
a chemist, and it's been 25 years since my college chemistry courses,
so I don't know what sort of reaction it would carry out with gastric
acids, pancreatic secretions and bile, etc.
Perhaps placing a few in a hydrochloric acid solution approximating
gastric pH would give a more realistic approximation?
When I've used the PB/POP bonbons in the past, I only saw one dead
squirrel - and I didn't perform a postmortem exam on it - but
pilfering of seednut beds and potted seedlings ceased almost immediately.
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