It was also habitat. I didn’t realize that until one cold day I started dismantling the pile to sell and donate. I evicted:
An unhappy cold skink rudely awakened from hibernation. Immediately after the photo he and his kin won a vacation at the balmy compost pile.
A miserable leopard gecko. All geckos were compt an upgrade to the crawl space under the house. They share the accommodations again with numerous toads, unphotographed.
Earthworms. (Not pictured: slugs, wood roaches, all sizes)
A little frog. Where did it go?? It jumped, apparently into the ether. I could not find it again to bring it to safety. Remorse.
Since that cold day I began on the quarry, I’ve continued the sorting and dismantling on the occasional warm afternoon. Yesterday I finished! A great swath of future garden has been revealed. I hope the little animals will reposess it.