Teenage Turtle

My husband alerted me to a turtle heading down the driveway towards the street.  Not a good plan. I ran out in my PJ’s to perform a turtle rescue.

This Box Turtle is bigger than the last little turtle I found, but not quite full grown.  My kids joked that it was a Teenage Mutant Turtle, like the cartoon.  I moved the turtle to the backyard and pointed it away from the street and said a another turtle prayer for a safe life.

14 Comments on “Teenage Turtle”

  1. Probably looking for a place to dig a hole and lay her eggs. Then return to her place of being! Turtles are fascinating. We have quite a wonderful program here on Skidaway Island to help the diamond back turtles.

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Breeding season moving in progress. 😉 Glad you gave a helping hand. I always assist migrating turtles when I can. Such wonderful critters.

    • When I lived in CT, we would see giant snapping turtles crossing the road. I gave them the right away, no matter how long it took. No helping them.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Recently, I learned that snappers have long necks that can stretch out quickly and reach the base of their tail, so no shell grabbing. Brave souls can grab the tip of their tail to haul them to safety, but I doubt I’d be that brave! I’m more apt to block the road with my car and wait. 😉

  3. Tina says:

    So cute. I like turtles, but rarely see them.

  4. What a fun find! I’ve never found a land turtle. They most likely don’t like city life. But my sister who lives in the country and has a pond, has land turtles and snapping turtles.

    • Technically, I live in a very large city, but my neighborhood is a planned community. They kept most of the trees and we are near a large man-made lake which attracts the animals.

  5. shoreacres says:

    I can’t wait for the day you find a big, ol’ snapping turtle in your yard — or a tortoise. Who knows what lurks in those ponds and woods?!

  6. Pretty turtle, maybe it is a girl and will lay eggs!!

  7. Sheryl says:

    It’s fun to see how different the marking are on the shells of the two turtles. I hadn’t realized how much variation there is.

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