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    Quote Originally Posted by ZARA View Post
    My son and I were eating dinner on the deck while the power was out and talking. I had fabulous company and a great view. Then I see movement about 400 feet away, now I didn’t have my glasses on and without them I suffer from CSS with anything farther than 6 or 7 feet away.

    Me: What is that?
    Son: What?
    Me: Over there…is it a squirrel?
    Son: Where?
    Me: Straight across the yard. It doesn’t move like a squirrel. I need my glasses, be right back.
    *In unison* Me: …it’s a turtle. Son: It’s a turtle.
    Me: I need my camera.
    Son: I thought you were talking about the stick.
    Me:
    *Walks over to the turtle...with the fearless hunter at our side*
    Me: Ohhhh cool…
    Son: It’s a snapping turtle…I didn’t know they had them here…
    Me: Me either, check out those claws!
    Fritz: *Sniff sniff* *WTH is that?*
    Me: Get back Fritz, you don't want him to bite you.
    Fritz: *Gets closer*
    Me: *Smacks Fritz*
    Fritz: *Jumps two feet in air and then stands behind me...
    I don't know what I love more, the story with pics or the fact that you have a cat named FRITZ!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZARA View Post
    You are not the only one! I pretty much go googoo over any animal. But Lizards are my favorite.

    I raised 300 tree frogs last year and released them at my creek.
    Gray Tree Frog - Tree Frogs (Family Hylidae)- Discover Maryland's Herps - Wildlife and Heritage Service - Maryland Department of Natural Resources

    Damn frogs kept skinny dipping in my pool and leaving eggs behind...

    That looks like an Eastern Fence Lizard. I haven't seen any here yet. I used to catch them all the time in Florida. Fast lil buggers.

    Awww poor toad!
    It is an eastern fence lizard. If you want more trees frogs come on by. Our neighbor has an in-ground pool that hasn't been filled in the 10 years we've lived there. It's so noisy at his house at night I don't know how they sleep.

    I love our wildlife too. Can't believe I was a city girl growing up!!
    "the pain passes but the beauty remains...."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZARA View Post
    My son and I were eating dinner on the deck while the power was out and talking. I had fabulous company and a great view. Then I see movement about 400 feet away, now I didn’t have my glasses on and without them I suffer from CSS with anything farther than 6 or 7 feet away.

    Me: What is that?
    Son: What?
    Me: Over there…is it a squirrel?
    Son: Where?
    Me: Straight across the yard. It doesn’t move like a squirrel. I need my glasses, be right back.
    *In unison* Me: …it’s a turtle. Son: It’s a turtle.
    Me: I need my camera.
    Son: I thought you were talking about the stick.
    Me:
    *Walks over to the turtle...with the fearless hunter at our side*
    Me: Ohhhh cool…
    Son: It’s a snapping turtle…I didn’t know they had them here…
    Me: Me either, check out those claws!
    Fritz: *Sniff sniff* *WTH is that?*
    Me: Get back Fritz, you don't want him to bite you.
    Fritz: *Gets closer*
    Me: *Smacks Fritz*
    Fritz: *Jumps two feet in air and then stands behind me...
    It looks like a Snapping Turtle, but I think it might be a Musk Turtle. Don't Snappers have ridges on their backs, and they are black & gray? Whatever he is, he's sure cute!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Independence View Post
    I thought I was the only lizards and frog lover!
    I love Lizzards too. But I can't stand Snakes. I know, I'm nuts.........

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    Quick get your grill tongs!!!
    "Only 3 types of people tell the truth...kids, drunk people & anyone who is pi$$ed the F#CK off"- Richard Pryor

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roman View Post
    It looks like a Snapping Turtle, but I think it might be a Musk Turtle. Don't Snappers have ridges on their backs, and they are black & gray? Whatever he is, he's sure cute!

    Musk Turtle: (Small, 2 - 5 in, stripe on side of head)
    Species Profile: Common Musk Turtle (Sternotherus odoratus) | SREL Herpetology

    Snapping turtle: (8 - 14 inches. Record - 19 inches)
    Eastern Snapping Turtle - Field Guide to Maryland's Turtles (Order Testudines)- Discover Maryland's Herps - Wildlife and Heritage Service - Maryland Department of Natural Resources

    I think you are thinking of an Alligator Snapping Turtle:
    Alligator Snapping Turtles, Alligator Snapping Turtle Pictures, Alligator Snapping Turtle Facts - National Geographic

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    Bunny in our backyard this morning. Looks like it's gathering grass. Maybe making a nest somewhere???
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    Quote Originally Posted by RareBreed View Post
    Bunny in our backyard this morning. Looks like it's gathering grass. Maybe making a nest somewhere???
    Boys and I went out to investigate and there is a nest being made. Any ideas on how to protect it from being stepped on since it's in our yard and we go back there often? Any idea how long the nests are so we know where not to step?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RareBreed View Post
    Boys and I went out to investigate and there is a nest being made. Any ideas on how to protect it from being stepped on since it's in our yard and we go back there often? Any idea how long the nests are so we know where not to step?
    I haven't a clue about your nest question, but what a beautiful yard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roman View Post
    I haven't a clue about your nest question, but what a beautiful yard!
    Long grass and all!! Our oldest just mowed so hopefully he didn't disturb anything. There are actually two openings several feet apart. I guess the rabbit wants different escape route. Unfortunately, we haven't seen the rabbit since we discovered the holes so hopefully we didn't scare her away. I really want to see some baby bunnies!!

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