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  1. jsheffield

    jsheffield Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    This morning while enjoying coffee and rain on our deck I noticed a dark shape in the flowers of our meadow.

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    I went down to confirm my suspicions and found this turtle.

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    I think she'd been laying eggs as I find a fresh and mostly filled-in hole... there were a free tracks of disturbed flowers and grass leading to and from the river/wetland below our house, so I think this sandy hillside had been used by other turtles as well.

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    I took a few pics, wished her well, and returned her to the spot I'd grabbed her from a minute earlier.

    I have to admit that when I first saw her I was hoping she was a blandings turtle, but it was nice to meet her regardless.

    Jamie
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin

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    What a cute face! She can sure pull her head in far!
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    Beautiful Eastern Painted! The only turtle that has the scutes on the carapace align. No other turtle-anywhere has its scutes grow that way!
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    Beautiful, good find! May all her eggs hatch out healthy and the young ones live long.
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    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator

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    Always felt one of the pretiest turtles
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    jsheffield Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    We've had more visitors all week and I think it has to do with our decision to shift from weekly short mowing to letting that hillside above the river go to meadow.

    It's prettier, easier, and more wildlife friendly... Win!

    Jamie
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    Yes! Apart from the natural setting a deliberately unmanaged section of my yard offers to many creatures, it sure saves on labour costs.
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    I keep telling my HOA that's why I haven't cut my grass..... They just don't get it :D
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    Moozillion Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Oh, SOOOOO COOL!!!
    She is a beauty, too!
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