The cache is NOT at the listed coordinates. Follow the directions below.
DO NOT REMOVE STAMP! Bring an ink pad or markers.
- Stamp your personal stamp in this log, sign & date it
- Don't have a stamp? Use a marker or pen and make a thumbprint. Make a drawing out of it.
- Use the stamp in this box to stamp your personal journal so you will have a record of your visit
- Re-hide the box in the exact location you found it
- Log it online and tell us about your adventures here or AtlasQuest.com
If you do not plan to stamp in, please just sign and date last page of the log.
This stamp is hand-carved by me. This is the first of a series that I will (hopefully) keep adding to for Texas Treasurers. I have other stamps in mind, but it may be determined by my carving abilities.
Texas Blind Salamander (Eurycea rathbuni)
Info from TPWD:
Texas Status - Endangered, U.S. Status - Endangered, Listed 3/11/1967
Description - Because the Texas blind salamander is adapted for living in water underground, it has no eyes, only two small black dots under the skin. It has little skin pigment, is white in color, and has red external gills used to get oxygen from the water.
Life History - The blind salamander is an active predator. It moves its head from side to side as it searches for food on the bottom. It hunts animal food by sensing water pressure waves created by prey in the still underground waters where it lives. Tiny snails, shrimp, and other aquatic invertebrates make up its diet. Reproduction occurs year round. It is unknown how many Texas blind salamanders exist.
Habitat - The Texas blind salamander lives in water-filled caves of the Edwards Aquifer near San Marcos, Texas.
Distribution - This rare salamander lives in the Edwards Plateau region, Hays County, Texas.
Other - The Texas blind salamander depends on a constant supply of clean, cool water from the Edwards Aquifer. Pollution and overuse of water caused by the growth of cities threaten its survival. You can help by conserving water and preventing water pollution.
Since I'm not in San Marcos, I found another appropriate place for this. The salamander is outside of a softball field and I've heard quite often that the umpires have difficulty seeing, so there's the connection. This was hidden in time for Snook Fest 2013 and the coinciding "Flea Fest" letterboxing event. It contains a handmade logbook with 3" x 5" pages.
To get to this box, go to the City park in Downtown Snook and turn right onto the dirt road. As you drive past the park, you will see ball fields on the right. Keep going on the dirt road and it will make a curve to the left and you will see a softball field. Go toward the field and look past 3rd base. You will see the electrical box for the lights and such. Just beyond the electrical box is a wooden electric pole with a small tree growing at its base about 10 steps or so away. The box will be between the pole and the tree under a rock. Please use stealth if there is a game in progress.
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