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I am fast, but I am slow;
I am the owner of a lovely cove.
I carry on my days,
free to wallow in my ways,
until I at last don't know where to go.

I can be mean, but I am told I am docile;
some even say I am a living fossil.
A lil' tail and four feet have I,
cute, round lil' button eyes,
and a cousin who is really quite colossal.

Adam's ale is my friend;
Alas, but not for my cousin.
I'll hang out by the bay,
perhaps upon a rock all day,
surrounded by another dozen.



This little riddle is cadence practice.
Who wrote about himself?
Who is his cousin?
Who doesn't like the writer?

Notes from the comments:
The cousin and the writer still exist today.
The writer of this riddle is the sole owner of their cove.

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    $\begingroup$ Congrats on 1000 rep :D $\endgroup$ – QuantumTwinkie Aug 1 '18 at 20:41
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you, I made this baby riddle because I was at 999! @QuantumTwinkie $\endgroup$ – iiiidk Aug 1 '18 at 20:42
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Are you a

Turtle?

I am fast, but I am slow;

Fast in the water, slow on land

I am the owner of a lovely cove.

Turtle cove

I carry on my days,

Long life span?

free to wallow in my ways, until I at last don't know where to go.

flavour?

I can be mean, but I am told I am docile;

Technically a carnivore I think but hardly ferocious...

some even say I am a living fossil.

Yep. Been around a while.

A lil' tail and four feet have I,

Yep. Tiny tail and 4 legs and ...'feet'

cute, round lil' button eyes,

Like a cuddly toy wrapped in scales and a shell

and a cousin who is really quite colossal.

Giant tortoise?

Adam's ale is my friend;

turtles live in the water

Alas, but not for my cousin.

tortoises don't

I'll hang out by the bay,

where a turtle would hang out on land

perhaps upon a rock all day,

More likely the sand but... maybe.

surrounded by another dozen.

There's Leo and Mikey and Raph... (and apparently turtles lay clutches of 2-12)

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  • $\begingroup$ "until I at last don't know where to go"- I was thinking of turtles crossing the road all the time! I was also thinking of "cove" as its shell. Good job :) $\endgroup$ – iiiidk Aug 2 '18 at 15:08
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You are

saltwater crocodile

and your cousin is

sarcosuchus

I am fast, but I am slow;

Crocodiles generally move slowly, but can make quick sprints when attacking.

I am the owner of a lovely cove.

Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin, Australia is home to massive saltwater crocodiles.

I carry on my days,
free to wallow in my ways,
until I at last don't know where to go.

Not sure...

I can be mean, but I am told I am docile;

Crocodiles are fearsome beasts, but behave tame enough when not hunting for prey

some even say I am a living fossil.

Crocodiles have existed for millions of years, and have evolved relatively little compared to other animals.

A lil' tail and four feet have I,
cute, round lil' button eyes,

Check, check, and check.

and a cousin who is really quite colossal.

The long-extinct sarcosuchus could grow up to twice as long as a modern crocodile.

Adam's ale is my friend;

Adam's ale is water, which is where crocodiles live

Alas, but not for my cousin.

Sarcosuchus fossils have been found in dry areas such as North Africa.

I'll hang out by the bay,
perhaps upon a rock all day,
surrounded by another dozen.

Saltwater crocodiles are known to conserve energy. They can stay in one place for long periods of time while waiting for currents to change.

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  • $\begingroup$ You bring up a good point! The cousin still exists today. "I can be mean, but I am told I am docile;" rot13(zbfg crbcyr frr pebpf gur bgure jnl nebhaq; "V pna or qbpvyr, ohg gurl fnl V'z zrna"). The writer of this riddle is also the sole owner of their cove- I'll add these notes to the post. Thanks for improving the puzzle! $\endgroup$ – iiiidk Aug 1 '18 at 21:24
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Is he a

Crab

I am fast, but I am slow; I am the owner of a lovely cove.

They may be fast at catching food and walking but slow at other things.

I carry on my days, free to wallow in my ways,

Running around the beach.

until I at last don't know where to go.

Sure?

I can be mean, but I am told I am docile; some even say I am a living fossil.

They can get you with their claws, and the horseshoe crab is pretty fossil like.

A lil' tail and four feet have I, cute, round lil' button eyes,

Four legs and a tail.

and a cousin who is really quite colossal.

Maybe a lobster?

Adam's ale is my friend; Alas, but not for my cousin.

I am not sure about the cousin but crabs like water.

I'll hang out by the bay, perhaps upon a rock all day, surrounded by another dozen.

This is what crabs do.

As for "who does not like the writer",

Well, I don't like to eat them...

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    $\begingroup$ The rot13(ubefrfubr peno) is not a (peno; penof unir gra yrtf)- but good guess! $\endgroup$ – iiiidk Aug 1 '18 at 21:12

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