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    Posted: 15 Jun 2005 at 7:40am
Don't know whether this smoothie has a disease or whether she's bunged up with eggs.



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I presume ones like that are well matured ol' girls & each year among the females in my pond there's usually several very plump, egg laden female Smooths, but blimey, they're never THAT plump!! Be interesting to be kept informed if this poor ol' girl manages to get that lot out! She doesn't look quite right to me though, so i hope she'll survive & be okay. Looks like she could populate a lake!
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She was netted in a small school pond that had become overgrown with reeds and had hardly any water left in it. We did find a male but I'm not sure if they could dhave found each other. We let them both go to fend for themselves. When autumn comes we'll do some management to try to create some more amenable habitat.
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