Thursday, May 24, 2012

More snapping turtle sightings

After finding the nest of turtle eggs in the perennial garden yesterday, it was quite a surprise to spot this mother turtle in our back yard tonight.

We've had much larger snapping turtles make nests in the vegetable garden after the ground had been tilled.  But this poor turtle had been working hard to dig a nest in the lawn.

After Bill relocated her to back gardens, I was able to see that she had created a pretty good-sized nest.

We can see three large eggs, but didn't want to disturb them to see if there were more underneath.   We covered the nest, and will have to wait a couple of months to see if the babies make it.

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