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.


Perfect Miniature Turtle

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.


More Turtles

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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.

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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.