Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Are you turtle-y enough?

This evening Paul and I walked up to check on our newly planted garden. As we were getting ready to walk back down to the house, we noticed a rather large snapping turtle in the grass. Paul was concerned about it raiding the garden, so he attempted to roll it back down the hill toward the pond with a pair of post hole diggers. I was surprised to see it such a ways from the water and stepped forward to see what it was doing.

Turns out it was a lady turtle, and she had climbed out of the pond to lay her eggs. She had laid quite a few of them down into a tight little hole. It was very interesting to see, and something I had never seen before. The eggs are quite small, a little smaller than ping-pong balls which they resembled. We took one egg from the nest to check it out. The shell isn't hard like a chicken's egg shell, but is kind of leathery. She seemed to be making her way back towards the nest when we left her alone. I felt bad for disturbing her on her nest, but then again, we really don't need a whole new slew of snappers heading into the pond. She was quite a biggie herself--close to a foot and a half across her back and a big strong jaw. They have a lightning quick bite, but don't really move terribly fast as long as you are out of range of their immediate bite area.


ittybittyandpretty May 28, 2009 at 4:48 AM  

wowzer you have some very interesting visitors! i am getting a tad bit worried that your pay it forward hasnt arrived yet. i sent it AGES ago. i do hope they havent confisgated it just because it had lavender in it.
%*_*% rosey

Anonymous May 28, 2009 at 9:34 AM  

Wow they lay alot of eggs.Im amazed.How interesting though.I hope they are kept safe from harm.Have a great day!

Janet May 29, 2009 at 8:48 AM  

Can I have one when they hatch? On second thought - lightning quick bite - maybe I'd better not!

Julia June 9, 2009 at 11:49 PM  

That is fabulous!! I am so jealous you have turtles nesting on your property. How cool is that. Seriously great wildlife. I only wish I could keep a turtle. And a native one at that.

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