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#51
Cool. Do you see tortoises around often?

I had a painted turtle that wanted in the pond. We had to relocate it to the marsh area.
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#52
We occasionally see tortoises. We used to have one that would hang around the yard in the summer but it hasn't been around this year. I took the photo in March. I was pruning some shrubs and the eggs were half buried close to the base of the shrub. Good spot for the nest to go unnoticed.
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#53
We don't have tortoises in our area but we do have a rather weird turtle. The Australian White Throated Turtle ( Elseta Albagula ) is critically endangered and the Mary River that runs through our valley is it's last stand. What makes it special is that is breathes through it's butt and is commonly known as the butt breathing turtle. It get's 70% of it's oxygen through the cloacal bursae.
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#54
I forgot to add, I think it is so cool that the tortoise laid it's eggs under your hedge. I think it is really special and a delight when other species find the habitat we have created around ourselves desirable. It's a little gift really, isn't it.
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#55
It is really cool!  I think I need to check under the shrubs every once in a while over the winter, I hope we get more nests.  When I was pruning I was really careful to look for quail nests.  A couple of years ago I found a quail nest after I pruned away all the branches that were hiding it.  I went around the yard taking branches from any plant I could so I could hide the nest and stayed away from the area for a few week so I wouldn't scare off the parents.  The next time I checked the nest the eggs had hatched!  I was so relieved that the parents didn't abandon the nest.

And just when I thought Australia's wildlife couldn't get any weirder.  A butt breathing turtle.   Giggle
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#56
Butt Breathing Turtle- now that's one I hadn't heard of!!!

We have Gopher Tortoises, also endangered. When we first built our house, we had one lay eggs right in front of the gate we always took the horses through. Fortunately, I actually saw it in the act, so I was able to call the wildlife people and find out how long I needed to protect the nest for and what other wildlife I wanted to make sure didn't get to the eggs. I was able to be there the day the eggs hatched. The babies were no bigger than a quarter and so pretty. I had to cut a hole in our fence and put in a new gate to take the horses out elsewhere, but it was worth it.
Gotta love 'em.
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#57
I saw this spider the other day and had to look it up to find out exactly what it was. Anyone want to take a guess as to what it is?
   
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#58
Is it a Garden Spider?
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#59
No, but good guess! Not sure if it's helpful but these spiders spin that generic orb shaped web and position it almost vertical.
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#60
It doesn't look like our golden orb weaver spiders, but it looks related.
Gotta love 'em.
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