Pikkies from my bike

It's not all greyhounds and cats here. 

As an American in Brisbane, I like to point out what might be unusual to my friends and family at home. Okay, my friends and family at home do not read this blog, and I will not encourage them to do so. However, for those of you who are Americans, here's another odd critter:

A Queensland fresh-water turtle.

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Check out his neck. Does it look odd? Try this angel:

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Their necks don't retract; they fold under the shell. It's one of the easiest ways to know a native turtle from the invasive red-eared slider. Some of these turtles breathe out of their bottybots! It's so hard not to — shit — I can't not say it. How would you know the difference between a burp and a fart? Okay, I went there. Just once.

The order of the photos presented here is not the order I took them in. I did not put him on the street. Bless. I scooped up Michael — he's obviously a Michael — and put him on the grass. When I posted these photos on Facebook, my friends noticed the man in his boxers watching me. How many levels of creepy is that?

I've mentioned how I lose a lot of time because I have to ride my bike to the city to catch the early train out, but the ride is often the best part of the day. I might be in a rush, but I do take time to photograph what amuses me:

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 Today I had to drive. I may have had a shorter commute in terms of time, but it was boring. Wish me luck tomorrow. I'm starting to expect critters to present to me.

4 thoughts on “Pikkies from my bike

  1. What a funny creature. Had to smile at the ‘Some of these turtles breathe out of their bottybots! It’s so hard not to — shit — I can’t not say it. How would you know the difference between a burp and a fart?’

  2. Oh, I love it everytime you post! I’m so glad you went there anyway! I hadn’t realized you were an American in Oz. I guess I’m still too new to the blog, but I always love your wit!
    I tried to post on your last entry, too, but for some reason Type Pad didn’t like me on Saturday!

  3. I find that turtle’s neck … disturbing, for some reason. But not as disturbing as the Creepy Creepster on the steps in his shorts. Ewwww.

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