The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency shared news of the gobbler and its belly full of cicadas in a social media post shared on Monday. Turns out, cicadas are bountiful snacks not only for copperhead snakes, but also for foraging turkeys.
Tennessee’s 2021 spring turkey hunting season (shotgun/archery) ended Sunday, May 16.
The periodical cicadas of Brood X are currently emerging from underground across the eastern United States — by the billions, if not trillions — to molt, mature, mate and lay eggs before dying off. This particular brood emerges every 17 years; the next emergence of Brood X cicadas is expected in 2038.
Other broods of cicada emerge regularly across the country at 13- or 17-year intervals, in addition to annual cicada species. Brood X, however, is the largest of the 17-year broods.
Tennessee’s next turkey season doesn’t begin until the fall, between Sept. 25-Oct. 29 and Nov. 1-5 (archery) and Oct. 16-29 (shotgun). By then, the cicadas — both annual and periodical — will have retreated or died off for the year.