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.
I was walking across the yard in the grass, when I spied this baby turtle.
It is a perfect miniature of a Box Turtle.
Over the years, there has been several female turtles digging nests to lay eggs, but I’ve never seen a baby Box Turtle. The eggs and even the babies are often eaten by raccoons, which are prevalent in my yard. I once found a baby Red Slider turtle heading down the driveway on its journey to the nearby lake. But,this baby Box Turtle is just the cutest and I really wanted to keep it.
I did the right thing and released it in my wooded area with a prayer for a long life.
There is something about my backyard that seems to attract turtles. These photos were taken several years ago of a pair of Box Turtles. Box Turtles have visited frequently. The turtles blend into the leaf debris and are hard to see.
Well, these two were definitely up to something. The smaller one with the bright orange head is a male. I once had a sighting of a female digging a hole to lay eggs, but she changed her mind. Many turtle eggs do not hatch because of predators eating them.
Take a look at this previous post of a Red Slider that showed up also.