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What were our dogs barking about? It was nearly dark as I looked through the screen door, being very surprised to find this Eastern Long-necked Turtle on our driveway. These are native to eastern Australia, living in streams and fresh water wetlands.

With a carapace of about 20cm length, this was almost fully grown. I'd previously only seen a very small one around here, so meeting this one was quite a thrill.

After taking these photos I picked it up by the carapace and returned it to the nearby wetlands. To return there itself, it would have needed to cross a road where it already had risked life and limb. More images in PiPs.

SEE UPDATE IN COMMENTS. To my surprise there was a second visitor! (PiPs also)

Cämmerer zu Nau, Ron Stachowiak, Ernst Doro, Frans Schols and 40 other people have particularly liked this photo

39 comments - The latest ones
tiabunna club
I'm hiding my head under my carapace.
3 weeks ago. Edited 3 weeks ago.
 Simone Maurel
Simone Maurel club
belle et surprenante...
3 weeks ago.
tiabunna club
Today I was mowing lawns and it's fair to say I was totally amazed to find another of these turtles, tucked into a corner of our rear yard.

I took some photos of it (here and in PiPs). It was a little smaller than the first (about 17cm) and unfortunately had a badly damaged carapace indicating it may well have been hit by a vehicle. As far as I could tell, the animal inside was uninjured. I released it near the wetlands and was very pleased to visit later and find that it had been able to make a departure. Photos follow:

SMALL IMGP0704-1 Details of the underside.

SMALL IMGP0705-1Hiding, head sideways, in the carapace.

The damaged carapace, image taken on release.
3 weeks ago. Edited 3 weeks ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Absolument magnifique cette belle série et une belle et remarquable surprise...!
3 weeks ago.
Xata club
What an encounter... and I love the people who do what you did, helping the animals to find their habitat in safety.
Lovely series ***************************
3 weeks ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Beautiful and interesting series George.
3 weeks ago.
©UdoSm club
But you had very special and surprising guests to visit...
3 weeks ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Awesome find and shots! Stay well!

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3 weeks ago.
Jean club
Wonderful images. What a surprise it must have been and how lucky they both were to meet a good Samaritan.
3 weeks ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
A superb series George. Thank goodness you helped it safely on its way!
3 weeks ago.
Léopold club
Spectacular encounter !
3 weeks ago.
neira-Dan club
super série !!
3 weeks ago.
RHH club
Beautiful. Love turtles. We often rescue them from our road.
3 weeks ago.
RHH club
3 weeks ago.
RHH club
Thanks for your visit, George.
3 weeks ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
A strange encounter, George !
3 weeks ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
Eine gute und sehr interessante Serie!
Prima, daß Du den Kröten helfen konntest, Bleib gesund, George!
3 weeks ago.
Annemarie club
nice specimen
3 weeks ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
A great set of images and fascinating turtles George
3 weeks ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Good work my friend, what a great find for you...
Have a good evening ;-)
3 weeks ago.
 Gabi Lombardo
Gabi Lombardo club
a very interesting visitor!!
3 weeks ago.
 Karen's Place
Karen's Place club
Oh, he's wonderful. What a great surprise and a delightful series!
3 weeks ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
Excellent shots George.
Thank you for posting to FFF.
3 weeks ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
What a lovely little thing! Pleased you retuened it safely!
3 weeks ago.
 Marije Aguillo
Marije Aguillo club
Buenos enfoques.
3 weeks ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
wandelende boterham
3 weeks ago.
 Dida From Augsburg
Dida From Augsburg club
Only one visitor during the lockdown!! ;-D
3 weeks ago.
 * ઇઉ *
* ઇઉ * club
A beautiful species, and wonderful shots, George!
3 weeks ago.
 Janet Brien
Janet Brien club
Your pictures are absolutely fantastic!!! I love them all--the dof and bokeh in the main image is outstanding! Loved the information and the link to your other sighting a while back. Great info and such fun, I'll be smiling all day thinking about these turtles! :)
3 weeks ago.
Brunot club
Étonnante et rare rencontre !
Merci de votre aide pour elle !
3 weeks ago.
RHH club
Have a good day!
3 weeks ago.
RHH club
Congratulations on Explore.
3 weeks ago.
RHH club
3 weeks ago.
 Annalia S.
Annalia S. club
Lovely portraits of this little friend, George. My absolute favorite is the one where it checks you out from under the carapace, But your main image is also wonderful.
Perhaps they were a couple and it was very kind of you to not only spare them the dangerous road crossing but also reunite them!
3 weeks ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
how lovely series !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3 weeks ago.
tiabunna club
Many thanks for your kind comments, everyone. I think we're just so fortunate to have these around here. If I see more I'll try for more photos.
3 weeks ago.
Gudrun club
This is an amazing series! Good to hear that you helped them back on their way:-)
2 weeks ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Gudrun club
Thank you, Gudrun. Most people living around here are very pleased when they see these around and do indeed look after them.
2 weeks ago.
 Ernst Doro
Ernst Doro club
tolle Fotos einer seltsamen Begegnung!
und sehr interessant!
2 weeks ago.

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