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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 28, 2013 7:34 PM CST
We have a number of gopher tortoises living on the property here. This one was passing by where I was watering late this afternoon. I always smile when I see one going about their business. In Florida they are listed as threatened & they as well as their burrow are protected under state law. The only time they have presented a problem for us is when the hubs is mowing & can't see the hole & OOPS! the mower gets stuck.

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I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
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Swayback
Oct 29, 2013 11:29 AM CST
Awesome!

I wish the poor terrapins here would get a break, in places they are still very common, but their territory recedes with each new road paved.

Once at a large party, a very mouthy gentleman was bragging about how he used to see em all the time on the road...they made the coolest poppin sound when you hit em...

He made an interesting pop sound himself tho, several interesting sounds as a matter of fact...when I popped him in his mouth, and he rolled several hundred yards down a very steep and rocky hillside...

In hindsight, I don't regret it one bit!

How could anyone hurt such a cute, not defenseless, but offencless creature!


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I recently found this "big" girl on a mushroom hunt, as well as several more very mature specimens, and loads of shells from turtles that perished. Once I realized all the shells were huge, it dawned on me, I wasn't in a turtle graveyard, but rather a sactuary!
Please tree mail me for trades, I'm ALWAYS actively looking for more new plants, and love to trade!
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 29, 2013 12:33 PM CST
Some people are idiots like that one who liked the poppin' sound. Tsk, tsk, tsk.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Nov 8, 2013 6:12 PM CST

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Aw! So cute...we seldom see any turtles here.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
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gingin
Dec 1, 2013 4:11 PM CST
Swayback....GOOD FOR YOU Lovey dubby Rolling on the floor laughing I can think of a few people I would like to deck...one in particular who, with his young son, chased down a rabbit after dark on MY property in his gator Grumbling Angry He is a "preacher", but he can take that fine example of the art of parenting and shove it. Thumbs down
Each cloud has a silver lineing if only you look for it.
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Dec 4, 2013 3:34 PM CST

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I agree
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Rhonda
Williston, Florida (Zone 9a)
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rvird01
Apr 4, 2014 7:33 PM CST
Ann,

Thanks for sharing your pic. Like you, I have gopher tortoises on my property and love that they're here. I named the larger ones Tommy and Tilly. I've seen several small ones over the years too. We are in a long leaf pine sandhill area, perfect for their burrows. As you can tell from the landscape in my pics, I leave a lot of the area as nature created it. Hilarious!

Just curious, do you have Sherman's fox squirrels as well?

Rhonda
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Apr 4, 2014 9:02 PM CST
Hey Rhonda! You're not all that far from me are you? We moved into this house 1 yr. ago & have not seen hide nor hair of any fox squirrels. We have 80 pecan trees so I imagine if there were any in the vicinity, we would be seeing them. We have plenty of regular tree rats though. Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
And hawks, owls & a veritable plethora of songbirds, foxes, deer, skunk & of course coons & armadillos Thumbs down & we have seen a coyote once.

We do have some property elsewhere in the area & we did see fox squirrels there.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Rhonda
Williston, Florida (Zone 9a)
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rvird01
Apr 4, 2014 9:34 PM CST
Ann,
I'm 10 miles southwest of Williston off 121. I think you're probably about 60 or so miles north, not too far. I bet your tree rats love the pecans! We had walnut trees in Ohio and we were always finding nuts hidden all over the yard.
We have tons of wildlife too. But, I've never had deer here because there isn't much groundcover for them to eat. I do see them in towards town where there are more fields and underbrush.
Believe it not, I have never seen an armadillo on the property!
Rhonda
Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
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Gleni
Apr 5, 2014 3:24 AM CST
What's a Sherman's fox squirrel - are they cute?
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Apr 5, 2014 5:16 AM CST
Glen,
http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/mammals/land/fox-...

Rhonda, if you have never seen an armadillo on your property then you are one lucky son of a gun!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
Bearded Dragon young male
Region: Australia Annuals Canning and food preservation Herbs Tropicals Foliage Fan
Plays in the sandbox Cactus and Succulents Garden Photography Hybridizer Composter Sedums
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Gleni
Apr 5, 2014 6:14 AM CST
Wow. What a mega squirrel!
Name: Rhonda
Williston, Florida (Zone 9a)
Gulf fritillary on wild gayfeather
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rvird01
Apr 5, 2014 6:31 AM CST
Ann, you are so right about the armadillo! They creep me out. Thanks for posting the link
For Glen.

Glen, we see the fox squirrels on our property and around us quite often as the pine sad hills we live in are perfect habitats for them. I'll find some of my pics and post later this weekend. The prettiest one I've seen is fox red.

Rhonda
Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
Bearded Dragon young male
Region: Australia Annuals Canning and food preservation Herbs Tropicals Foliage Fan
Plays in the sandbox Cactus and Succulents Garden Photography Hybridizer Composter Sedums
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Gleni
Apr 5, 2014 6:42 AM CST
Rhonda, I am looking forward to seeing them!!!
Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
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gingin
Apr 6, 2014 11:32 AM CST
Rhonda...I had two small gopher tortoises that I named Tillie and Tyler Smiling Hopefully they are still out back where there is no danger of the mower getting them. I see the fox squirells near a pond on my way home...wish they were here as I love seeing them. Had an armadillo on the patio once. Not sure how it got there as it's fenced all around and very happy that the dogs were inside.
Each cloud has a silver lineing if only you look for it.
Name: Rhonda
Williston, Florida (Zone 9a)
Gulf fritillary on wild gayfeather
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rvird01
Apr 9, 2014 6:48 PM CST
Glen,

Just for you, here are a few Sherman's fox squirrel pics. They are pretty shy, so I get the best pics I can Rolling my eyes. Rhonda


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Name: Rhonda
Williston, Florida (Zone 9a)
Gulf fritillary on wild gayfeather
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rvird01
Apr 9, 2014 7:53 PM CST
Ginger,
Isn't it funny how we name our wildlife as if they are part of the family? Hilarious! Aren't the tiny gopher tortoises just adorable?
Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
Bearded Dragon young male
Region: Australia Annuals Canning and food preservation Herbs Tropicals Foliage Fan
Plays in the sandbox Cactus and Succulents Garden Photography Hybridizer Composter Sedums
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Gleni
Apr 10, 2014 4:23 AM CST
That is a mega animal, Rhonda. A squirrel with attitude.
Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
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gingin
Apr 10, 2014 3:46 PM CST
Rhonda...I thought it funny that you also named one Tilly. The ity beys are for sure cute...my Tillie was just a tad bigger then a film canister. Lovey dubby
Each cloud has a silver lineing if only you look for it.
Name: Rhonda
Williston, Florida (Zone 9a)
Gulf fritillary on wild gayfeather
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rvird01
Apr 10, 2014 6:47 PM CST
Glen,
They are so funny to watch....they can't run very fast. More like a hop with their tails dragging Hilarious!

Ginger,
I love your profile pic with the tiny toad. Did you take it?

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