photo taken June 2009 • title thanks to Melissa

It is so much fun to see the variety of interpretations
one picture can inspire.
Melissa, perfection in a caption. Thank you!

Funny and punny:
Wide Open Spaces
One jalapena pepper too many!
Jaw Dropper
See, I didn’t swallow Eli…He’ll show up, he always does.
Could someone kindly find a screwdriver..It appears as tho I have come un-hinged.
The better to eat you with, my deer…
Open mouth, insert hoof. (Elk hoof, that is…)
We need a pumpkin THIS BIG…

Thanks to all!  You make us smile!

• • • How to put words to such a magnificent, awe-inspiring jaw?  I leave the burden to you, inhabitants of the internets.

Be so kind (and clever) as to leave your title, caption, or commentary for this image in the comment section of this post and you will be in the running for this week’s prize, an ever-so-coveted Wyoming care package filled with strange goodies: sparkling rocks, petrified squid, and some skeletal remains in honor of the approaching holiday.  Who wouldn’t want to wear an authentic spinal-bone necklace to school or the office on Halloween?  Enter as many times as you like, rules don’t apply around here.  Can’t wait to read!

286 Responses to “Jaw-inspiring”

  1. Pellegrina Says:


  2. Claudia Says:

    Coyote Lockjaw

  3. Snow Says:

    Look, Ma! I’m a lion!

  4. Melissa Says:


  5. Mary Says:

    I’ve heard of almost brea”king your jaw yawning; now I know what they meant!”

  6. Charlotte Says:

    OMG! He’s eaten Maggie Simpson!!

  7. Suzy Says:


  8. Steven Swanson Says:


  9. Blaine Moore Says:

    “I once caught a ball that was this big…”

  10. Nancy Latimer Says:

    Could someone kinda find a screwdriver..It appears as tho I have come un-hinged.

  11. Brianna Says:

    “mama, mama look at how big I can open my mouth!”

  12. Bobbie Says:

    “CHLOE! Heeeeeeeyyyyyy…..Chloe……”

  13. Beth aka EweMama Says:

    You want a DNA sample -I’ll GIVE you a DNA sample!

    The better to eat you with, my deer …

    Bring on the elf leg!

    Ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille ! (That’s close as in shutting…)

    The Grand Can-YAWN of Wyoming!

    Who said I couldn’t get a toy Mack truck in my mouth?

    Saliva of the Fittest

  14. Laieanna Says:

    Eyes Wide Shut, Mouth Wide Open

  15. Beth aka EweMama Says:

    Forgot one -

    Yawn Boy

  16. Sandy Says:

    fur ball…

  17. Isa Says:

    I want a bone this BIG!

    Me, big mouth?

    Just flexing my jaw muscles for the next elk leg.

  18. ebear Says:

    “Now the square of the hypotenuse… how does that go again?”

  19. Wife of a Sailor Says:





    MOM! Eli is picking on me again!


    Chloe did it!

  20. sybann Says:

    I HAVE to go with the first impulse:

    “Hey you kids! Get offa my lawn!”

  21. moondoggie Says:

    The Drill Sergeant Speaks…
    The Drill Sergeant Barking Out Orders
    (from an army brat!)

  22. JMS Says:

    coy-Yanni sings


    Tensleep tenor


    trickster tenor

  23. beth Says:


  24. Anonymous Says:

    Charlie recreates Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”

  25. Tina Says:

    Ooops, “The Scream” was mine!

  26. Tina Says:

    The Thylacine Lives!

  27. J. J. Says:

    “Give me my hammer back, NOW!”

  28. Erica Says:

    Open mouth, insert hoof. (Elk hoof, that is…)

  29. Tina Says:

    Do my tonsils look swollen to you?

  30. Heather L Says:

    “Look Ma…No Cavities”

  31. Heather L Says:

    ” See, I didn’t swallow Eli…He’ll show up, he always does”

  32. Heather L Says:

    “My name starts with a C, I told you that I could spell”

  33. Heather L Says:

    Charlie the Cheerleader – Gimme a C!!!!!!

  34. Jeff Says:

    YUCK!! I don’t know what that was, but it tasted TERRIBLE!!!

  35. Barry Says:

    Yawn with the wind

  36. Robin Says:

    I love you THIS much.

  37. Jeff Says:

    The real silence of the lambs…

  38. Bess Says:

    Having a laugh!

    “I can hold about this much elk bones if you let me try.”

  39. Dale Says:

    I think its stuck

  40. Scott Says:

    Insert Elk Calf Here

  41. Tina Says:

    Jaw Dropping

  42. Lynda Says:


  43. Laura H Says:

    can you hear me now?

    big gulp

  44. Shanna Says:

    “And for the last time, get off my lawn!”

  45. HeatherH Says:

    Chlooooooeeeeee! Come out come out where ever you are!

  46. Debi Says:

    Agape with utter awe and amazement (mine too! who knew they had a flip top head!)

  47. Jaimie Says:

    Dawn Yawn

  48. Alice Says:

    Charlie practices his Pacman imitation for Halloween (or is that Howl-o-ween?)

    Monday morning blues

  49. Amy Says:

    I bet I can fit FIVE cheezburgers in here!! Take that, you silly cats!

  50. Allison Says:

    Grandma, what big teeth you have!

  51. Craig Says:

    Since the yawn of time …

    Going, going .. Yawn!

    Yawn of the Head (2009) Directed by Shreve. With Charlie.

    Longing is yawning.

    Don’t ya just hate it when you wake up and have coyote breath????

  52. Skimmie Says:


  53. Rhedrose Says:

    Open for business

    Open to possibilities

  54. Skimmie Says:

    Such a jawk!

  55. donna Says:

    Big Bad Yawn! A Play on the song Big Bad John!

  56. Ava Says:

    “The Acme Jaw-Widener worked!”

    (Yes, very silly. I always felt sorry for Wile E. Coyote though. *Nothing* he ordered from the Acme company ever worked the way it was supposed to.)

  57. Heather L Says:

    Charlie hitting the high C note

    Dog Tired

    Charlie teaches the fundamentals of math…”This is a semi-circle”

  58. Penny Says:

    Yanni has nothing on me…..

  59. emdot Says:

    Cayote Pacman.

  60. Heather L Says:

    Charlie spies something Jaw Dropping….

  61. emdot Says:

    Charlie telling jokes: “So the wide-mouth frog says…”

  62. Milaka Says:

    MOM!!! Eli’s looking at me!

  63. Eija Says:

    The coyote realm of 90 degrees

    Awesome jaw-some

    Charlie’s morning jaw-ga

    One yawnsome ninety degrees

  64. Heather L Says:

    The Jaws of Life

  65. Rhedrose Says:

    Morning – al dente

  66. Allie Says:

    Momma always warned me, if I make faces they might get stuck like that…

  67. darci Says:

    Yawn…internet stardom is so overrated.

  68. D'Ann Says:

    Monday already…

  69. Rhedrose Says:

    Post-nap gap

  70. Heather L Says:

    Open for Business

    Open Sesame

    Open Season

  71. Heather L Says:

    Charlie gives a SHOUT OUT to all his fans!

  72. tigeron Says:


  73. Ava Says:

    The coolest 90° ever

  74. NANCY Says:

    ok i opened as wide as i can now where did i put my toothbrush??

  75. Heather L Says:

    Old Yeller

  76. Jaynez Says:

    OMG — You can’t be serious?!

  77. Heather L Says:

    Charlie enjoys a Belly Laugh

  78. Lydia Says:

    Come on, get in my belllllly

  79. Craig Says:

    Look, Mom, no cavities!

  80. Kathleen Says:


    The jaw dropping beauty of Ten Sleep.

  81. Rhedrose Says:

    Canyon de Charlie

  82. D'Ann Says:


  83. D'Ann Says:

    Must. Have. Coffee!

  84. Heather L Says:

    Charlie does his best Shark imitation…

    Hollering out to his Homies

  85. Maria Says:

    i can SO put that in my mouth

  86. Patr Says:


    Flip Top Head (aka the Reach Toothbrush commercial)

    Coyote Days of Summer

    W-yawn-oming Sunsine

  87. cfritz Says:

    Channeling Pac-Man

  88. E.Jolie Says:


  89. LHays Says:

    Just insert elk leg here.

  90. Kathy F. Says:

    Who says a coyote can’t play basketball?

  91. Kathy F. Says:


  92. Edal Says:

    “Hey look, I’m a T-Rex! RAWR!”

  93. Mackenzie Says:

    Mighty Yawp

    Possibly I’ve watched the Dead Poet’s Society too many times. But still. ;)

  94. Anonymous Says:

    “What is there something in my teeth?!”

    Charlie thinks it’s totally normal that his jaw opens 180 degrees. But when everyone is baffled that it opens that wide, then Charlie thinks there’s something wrong with him. :)

  95. Fortuna Says:

    Snoopy holding his invisible water dish.

  96. Jill Says:

    Mouthing Off.

  97. Michelle R Says:

    “What is there something in my teeth?!”

    Charlie thinks it’s totally normal that his jaw opens 180 degrees. But when everyone is baffled that it opens that wide, then Charlie thinks there’s something wrong with him. :)

  98. Farmer Lady Says:

    “Hey, Little Red Riding Hood! Check out MY teeth!”

    “Now open just a little wider…” says the dentist

    “Why does she wake me up so early? I’m tired!”

    “I get the first bite!”

    Coyote Canines

    “Check out those molars!”

  99. Marni Says:


  100. Michelle R Says:

    “Wakka, wakka, wakka”

    If you’ve played Pac Man it’s the noise he makes.

  101. Bethrusso Says:

    Invisible ball

  102. Bethrusso Says:

    Measuring dinner

  103. Stephanie K Says:

    Before coffee

    Just another manic Monday

  104. E.Jolie Says:

    3 yawns to the yard

  105. Dave Z. Says:

    Wide Open Spaces

  106. Jenn Says:

    Gooooooooooooood Morning, Wyoming!

    (like Robin Williams in “Good Morning, Vietnam”)

  107. Susan Says:

    Wyoming Pacman!

  108. Crow Says:

    Charlie gets a gander at Chlöe’s hot new collar.

    OMG, Chlöe! Love what you’ve done with your hair!

  109. Christine says: Says:

    Nap time!

  110. Laura H. Says:

    I’m not even entering this week. I could never beat Melissa’s “Jaw-inspiring”.
    My hat is off to you, girl!

  111. Kim Russell Says:


  112. Cindy Says:

    OMG would you look at that….look at the size of that one Chloe

  113. Mike Says:

    And you thought only bears hibernated.


    I just don’t feel coyote until I’ve had my first cup o’ joe.

  114. b Says:


    “Ack! Swallowed a fly!”

  115. Pam S Says:


  116. Barbara Says:

    The Better to Eat You with, my Dear

  117. D'Ann Says:

    Eyes Wide Shut

  118. Nicole Says:


  119. Kathleen Says:

    Om Nom Nom Nom

  120. Natalie Says:

    “Hey you guys!”

  121. Stacey Says:

    That was some joke!

  122. Ricks Cafe Says:

    Dang it…. Howl Cramp

  123. Keitha Says:

    Awe inspiring is right! That is just the most AMAZING spread! Is this a yawn? Just think of all the things we would never know about coyotes without you and Charlie. Thanks so much!

  124. Jim Says:

    I liked “Yawn of the Head (2009) Directed by Shreve. With Charlie” by Craig. I’ll bet Charley could take care of those zombies in short order.

  125. Patricia Says:

    Awesome picture, so are the rest, i envy you in your choice of lifestyles.

  126. Lizard Says:

    Yodelin’ ‘Yote.

  127. Lizard Says:

    Yawnin’ ‘Yote

    Charlie auditions for Reach Toothbrushes.

    Insert Elk Leg Here.

  128. Yvonne Says:


  129. Amy Says:

    I sound my barbaric YAWP over the prairies of the world!

  130. Tinare Says:

    Charlie acting out “Jaws” during a game of charades with Chloe and Eli.

  131. Tessa Says:

    The Man Who Ate the World

  132. Teresa Says:

    Greet the dawn with a yawn!

  133. belle Says:

    cough – cough – hack – hack HAIR BALL!!!

  134. Meghan Says:

    Jaw Rule!

  135. DeeAnne Says:

    Yudl – Ay – EEE – Ooooo

  136. Holly Says:

    Nap time

  137. Melissa Says:

    Jaw Dropper

  138. Tracy Says:

    Went to bed late.

  139. lois hansen Says:

    How about “Jawggernaut!”?

  140. Tracy Says:

    Mad Laughing Coyote

  141. Michele Says:

    Eli impersonation: RAWR!

  142. Rebecca Says:


  143. mmgood Says:

    “Where, oh where is dear little Charlie?
    Way down YAWNder in the paw-paw patch”

    (From the traditional folk song)

  144. Eleanor Says:

    Wide open spaces

  145. Angie P. Says:

    The dentist said open wide so, I did like this!

  146. saxon Says:

    wide open spaces

  147. Stephanie Says:

    Is it nap time yet?

  148. Tanja Says:

    LOL, no caption from me — but just looking at Charlie’s picture made me yawn, too. It’s definitely a contagious activity! :)

  149. Anna Says:

    ‘Chloe! PUT ON SOME PANTS!’

  150. Beth Says:


  151. JON Says:




  152. Cassie Says:

    Coyote Song…Laaaaaaaa!
    Jaw Dropping Coyote
    Taking a Bite out of Life

  153. Helioprogenus Says:

    Charlie demonstrating the Coyote Crescent.

    or Fire-breath failure. Must have been all that water.

  154. Della Says:

    The audience sits in awed silence as Charlie hits that glass shattering note.

  155. bonnie Says:

    Pac man Approach.

    Har Har Har!!

    After watching the snake eat it’s dinner, Charlie starts experimenting….

  156. Terry Says:


  157. kallimao Says:

    Say, “AHHH!!!”



  158. Chris Says:

    An honest opinion!

  159. LaurieH Says:

    J.A.W.S. (Just Another Wild Sound)


  160. Eve Says:

    I gotta be MEEEEE!!

  161. D'Ann Says:

    Charlie Pavarotti

  162. mlaiuppa Says:


  163. Liz Says:

    Gulping up the sunlight


    T(Rex) Coyote

  164. mlaiuppa Says:


  165. mlaiuppa Says:

    “Grandma, what big TEETH you have.”

  166. mlaiuppa Says:

    “…and he huffed, and he puffed…”

  167. Lyn Says:

    Jaw Waker
    Snooze Alarm
    Wakeup Call
    Sagebrush Sleepyhead

  168. Isobel Says:

    Mouth Yoga

  169. Craig Says:

    Aaaaaaaach, When is she gonna .. uh .. GET IT that my RIGHT side is so much more handsome than my left!

    If I go like this and hack and spatter enough then MAYBE she will loosen this damn collar!

    Eli, any grass showin up on my teeth? HATE when that happens!

  170. Melissa Says:


  171. Linda Says:

    Jaw-wa the Pup

  172. Janie Says:

    Epic sneeze in 3 … 2 …

  173. Drako Says:

    “Someone get a protractor! Did I hit 90 degrees?”

  174. Suzy Says:

    Hey Chloe, do I have bad breath?

  175. Courtney Says:

    A-Cute Angle

    (since it’s less than 90*!)

  176. hpmama Says:

    Laughing Out Loud

  177. Caren Says:

    “OMG! Do I need a NAP or WHAT!”

  178. Heartworks Says:

    We’re gonna need a bigger boat.

  179. Wendi Says:

    Catching flies


    Into the graet wide open

  180. Nancy Peacock Says:


  181. Holly Says:

    Trick-or-Treating as the Tasmanian Tiger

  182. Peggy's Place Says:

    I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house down……

  183. Joanne Says:

    You people are brilliant! Here are my modest submissions:

    Shock and Yaw!

    Coyote Chasm

    Gorgeous Gorge

  184. D'Ann Says:

    Land Shark

  185. Craig Says:

    Halloween is coming! Should I dress up as Werewolf or what? Think I look scary Chloe? *Grrrrrrrrrr* How’s this?

  186. Lisa W. Says:

    The one that got away, it was this big!

  187. Debbie Says:

    Mighty Mouth to the Rescue!

  188. Tina Says:

    C Sharp.

  189. LC Says:

    Expressing his viewpoint on the situation.

    I told you I can put a whole watermelon in my mouth without breaking the skin!

    But I would vote for the comment above: Wide Open Spaces.

  190. Nancy Says:

    Over Yawnder..
    I think this one was really hard. :)

  191. sus Says:

    Western Alligator

  192. Barbara Says:

    The Jaws of Life, surveying his kingdom for grasshoppers to chase.

  193. PP Says:

    Dr: Charlie, say “Aaaaa…..” Looks good!

  194. susand Says:

    Snap Dragon?

    Spring Loaded?

    Nature’s Mousetrap?

    He looks less animal, more furry machine!

  195. Marilyn Says:

    “…because I have a Bihhh–gg mouth!”

    (ala Jackie Gleason)

  196. Marilyn Says:

    “This is a Baaa-d sore throat!”

  197. Kate Koala Says:


  198. Marilyn Says:

    “One jalapena pepper too many!”

  199. Marilyn Says:

    “I just can’t stand Listerine.”

  200. Marilyn Says:

    In Coyote Chorus we learn to drop our jaw and breee-th deep.

  201. Marilyn Says:

    “See, I can sing notes higher than you can hear! Hear anything???!!

  202. Marilyn Says:

    “Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha- nothing like a good laugh!”

  203. mjk Says:

    Unhinged melody

  204. Meredith Says:

    Yup, Big Mac one bite.

  205. Shanon Says:


  206. pansypoo Says:

    yeah, i can do a quad bunnyburger, but bet i can do an octo-bunnyburger.

    behold the awesome vermin control.

  207. jms Says:

    Wyoming Wawnder

  208. Jenn Says:

    “The fish I caught was *this* big”

  209. Laurie "Wo" Smith Says:

    Faaaaaaaaaa (Long, Long Way to Runnnnnn…) — “The Sound Of Music”

  210. Wo Says:

    … and I couldn’t resist:

    “Is it live or is it Memorex?”

  211. Rosemary Says:

    Yawning of a new day

  212. Kit.e Says:

    Nature calls.

    Charlie practises for Howl-o-ween.

    “I’m not kidding Mom, it was THIS BIG!”

    Ol’ snakejaw mcgraw!

  213. mlaiuppa Says:

    hack! Furball.

  214. mlaiuppa Says:

    Let a smile be your umbrella.

  215. Becca Says:

    I have several in the same vein because they were so fun to make!

    Gaping maw-dus vivendi (maybe my favorite, considering his past and such)
    Gaping maw-narch
    Gaping mawmaw’s boy

  216. mlaiuppa Says:


  217. pam Says:

    Chloe I said NOW!!!

  218. Rebecca Says:

    Charlie in the Chocolate Factory

  219. Becca Says:


    Sleep Chomping

    The Phaaaantom of the Chompera is here!

  220. Isobel Says:

    A Huge Hole in the Howler

  221. Karissa Says:

    so not a morning person…

  222. phyllis Says:

    a long day already

  223. Lindsay Says:


  224. marcy Says:

    Open wide! I need to floss.

  225. Sophie Says:


  226. Ruchi Says:

    Ok, Shreve, my dinner should be this big!

  227. karen hanson Says:

    Fang Hang!

  228. Analise Says:

    Coyote Laughing

  229. Jen Says:

    Land Starfish.

  230. Maggie Says:

    OK, I didn’t believe you when you said if I kept it up my face would freeze like that. Happy now.

  231. Faith Says:

    Damn peanut butter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  232. Bronwyn Says:

    ELI! Get outta my bowl!

  233. Cynthia Says:

    Jaw Harp

  234. Suzy Says:

    Yodel Lay He Who?

  235. D'Ann Says:

    Chloe says, “Altoids please”!

  236. Anonymous Says:

    Mr C “I pity the fool”

  237. D'Ann Says:


  238. Colleen Greco Says:

    JAWWWVELOUS (instead of marvelous)

  239. D'Ann Says:

    Charlie checking to see if he has any TMJ problems

  240. CassP Says:

    My elk leg was Jaw-some!

  241. Lisa Says:

    Coyocodile…or is it Crocoyote?

  242. Lindsay Pallotta Says:

    “Wy-eeeooowww-ming Native”

  243. jackie Says:

    howlin’ wolf ain’t got nuthin’ on yawnin’ coyote!

    you say coyote, i say co-YAWN-te

    why charlie, what big TEETH you have…the better to zzzzzzzzzzz

  244. wagga Says:

    Eli sez: amateur!

  245. Debbie Says:

    “Here I come to save the day!
    That means that Mighty Mouth is on the way!”

  246. leshka Says:

    Sing out, Louise!

    Call of the Wild

    Venus– Uh, Wyoming Fly Trap

  247. Kate Says:

    I vote for LandShark!

  248. Lydia Says:

    Me can has cheezburger dis big.

  249. Mimi Says:

    A deft tail chomp – courtesy Chloe !

  250. V Says:

    “My! What a big mouth you have!”

    “Sizing up his dinner.”

    “I didn’t REALLY think my face would get stuck like this!”

  251. Sue Says:

    Ahhh, nap time!!

  252. A. Talbot Says:

    Jawbone stretch

    Enjawable yawn

  253. Brook Says:

    Sooooo Big!!!

  254. Arielle Says:

    Invisible cheezburger: ur doin it quite well akshually!

  255. Karen Says:

    I could eat the whole world today, it’s all so good!

  256. mlaiuppa Says:

    Still not big enough for Chloe’s butt.

  257. Arielle Says:

    One yawn in Ten Sleep

  258. JON Says:





  259. JON Says:


  260. JON Says:


  261. Sue Says:

    Wyoming gnat catcher.

  262. Ladyfox Says:

    “And here, Charlie gives Bowzer (From singing group Sha-na-na,) a run for his money on who can open his mouth the widest….”

  263. Kimi Says:

    A cute angle!

  264. jackie Says:

    Wide Open Spaces!

  265. Lindsay Says:

    “I swear, it was THIS big!”

  266. Diana Says:

    I am so NOT a morning coyote . . .

  267. Beth aka EweMama Says:

    (Hope no one else already posted these …)

    Ode to Sunshine

    Dawn Yawn

    Trying to set an echo record

  268. Marjie Says:

    I am at a loss for words or captions.
    The infinite beauty of this boy and your relationship is enviable.
    He goes from looking goofy to Majestic.
    Oh how you have captured the spirit of that coyote on film.
    Marjie Drucker

  269. Sandra Says:

    We need a pumpkin THIS BIG…

  270. Cheryl Says:


  271. Feral Boy Says:

    Chuck – O – Lantern

  272. Teresa Terzano Says:


  273. Anonymous Says:

    Charlie’s new exercise video out soon “Jawsercise” gives new definiton to once slack jaws.

  274. Joi Says:

    The World Is My Oyster

  275. Darlene Says:

    I am sooooooooo bored!

  276. Darlene Says:

    It hurts when I do this!

  277. Astro-Horse Says:

    Hoooooooooowl-o-ween is coming!

    Yawn on the Wyoming Lawn

  278. Farmer Lady Says:

    “Here goosie, goosie, goosie…”


    “dang popcorn kernel… stuck in my teeth again!”

  279. Jay Says:

    “Man, Eli was right my face was going to freeze like that.”

  280. Gina Boger-Haney Says:


  281. ursula Says:

    will it fit?


  282. Jo Davis Says:

    ” Yeeeeeeowwwwwl”

  283. ladydee Says:

    Anyone for some “JAWSERCISE”?

  284. Bob Says:

    Just got a little bi of wabbit stuck on the back tooth. If I can just get my tongue a little further….

  285. Laney Landry Says:

    Blah, Blah, Blah

    He’s so precious

  286. Laney Landry Says:

    Can you say, “wide mouth toad?”

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