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Version Control with Subversion, 2nd Edition by Brian W. Fitzpatrick, Ben Collins-Sussman, C. Michael Pilato

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The animals on the cover of Version Control with Subversion, Second Edition, are hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) or Honu’ea, as they are known in Hawaii. The hawksbill is a medium-sized turtle weighing up to 270 pounds, with a shell length of about 3 feet. This sea turtle can be found in tropical reef areas in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. The hawksbill gets its name from its distinctive beak-like mouth, and it is also recognized for its beautiful shell coloring, known as “tortoise shell,” which was exploited by the fashion industry for many years. Hawksbill sea turtles are listed as an endangered species in Hawaii and are protected under the state law as well as many other endangered species laws.

Sea turtles are highly migratory and have unique nesting habits. Nesting occurs at night, typically between May and October. First, the females go ashore and look for small, isolated beaches where they can lay their eggs. After they choose a site, usually beyond the tideline, they dig a pit with their flippers and excavate an egg chamber. Sea turtles only nest every two to three years, but they can lay up to six clutches of eggs in one breeding season. A single nesting can contain as many as 230 eggs, with the average being about 130. When the last egg has been laid, the females cover the chamber with sand and return to the sea, leaving the eggs behind.

The eggs incubate in their sand chambers for two to three months, and then hatching takes place over ...

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