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Re: Fauna and other natural things
« Reply #330 on: September 14, 2020, 03:38:52 PM »
I interrupted some potential box turtle sex when I stumbled upon them both under a gardenia bush in my backyard. Of course, I had to examine them (channeling Gerald Durrell). Pretty sure one was male (concave underside) and the other was female (flat underside). They both hissed at me, I put them back and went on my way.

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Re: Fauna and other natural things
« Reply #331 on: September 14, 2020, 04:16:12 PM »
You prurient philistine, you.

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Re: Fauna and other natural things
« Reply #332 on: September 14, 2020, 04:57:41 PM »
In other turtle news, I came across a tiny baby snapping turtle (size of a silver dollar) in the middle of the multi-use path along the river, and concluding that it was unlikely to safely make the transit without getting run over by a bike, transported it to the edge of the water. It withdrew into its shell during this  experience, but I'm counting on its tiny reptilian brain to protect it from traumatic memories of teleportation.
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Re: Fauna and other natural things
« Reply #333 on: September 14, 2020, 05:00:20 PM »
You prurient philistine, you.

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:O

Well, it was potential coitus. Or, maybe after the fact. No idea.

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Re: Fauna and other natural things
« Reply #334 on: September 16, 2020, 05:45:36 AM »
You prurient philistine, you.

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:O

Well, it was potential coitus. Or, maybe after the fact. No idea.

Did you detect the tangy aroma of Lucky Strikes?

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Re: Fauna and other natural things
« Reply #335 on: September 16, 2020, 04:01:50 PM »
You prurient philistine, you.

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:O

Well, it was potential coitus. Or, maybe after the fact. No idea.

Did you detect the tangy aroma of Lucky Strikes?

Hahaha!

Nope. They were gone the next day. I live in a suburban/country/rural area (lots of woods interspersed between neighborhoods) so I'm often treated to wildlife romping through backyards or roaming down the neighborhood streets.

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Re: Fauna and other natural things
« Reply #336 on: September 16, 2020, 08:47:28 PM »
And some of them even have four legs.

;--}

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Re: Fauna and other natural things
« Reply #337 on: September 16, 2020, 09:10:56 PM »
And some of them even have four legs.

;--}

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Ha!

We've had neighbors see coyotes (I haven't seen any), but it's really not that rare to see them. They've been sighted downtown. Anyway, I've seen deer roam through the back yard, down the street, etc. I've seen deer remains on the side of the main road (not in the neighborhood) during hunting season (ew). Plenty of hawks and owls out here (an owl swooped over my head one night- very cool). I also rescued a barred owl on the side of the road (was hit by a car) a few years ago and took it to a wildlife rehabilitation place. That happened during rush hour when I was on the way to give a final exam.

We have lots of songbirds (cardinals, titmice, chickadees, Carolina wrens, woodpeckers, flickers, thrashers, finches, sparrows, goldfinches, blue birds, etc. , reptiles (Carolina anoles, blue-tailed skinks), amphibians (usually tree frogs), feral cats, squirrels, chipmunks, probably some voles, and...
I think I'll stop here.

Edit: I forgot to mention the insects and snakes! Copperheads!