Yesterday afternoon, I was rushing around trying to get ready for work when Agents B and J arrived home from school. I usually watch for them to get off the bus, but I was trying to eat my lunch/dinner before I had to leave in a few minutes. I heard Agent B yelling something so I went to the front door. She was saying that there was a dead, dried-up baby turtle in the driveway. So, forget eating, out I went to see.
Luckily, it turned out not to be a dead, dried-up turtle, but a very cute and very alive baby snapping turtle coated with caked-on dirt. I ran to get my camera and we had a Reptilia photo shoot.
After a bit we decided that the baby turtle was very dry and needed a bit of water. Agent J pour a little water on him and he did seem to perk up a bit.
Baby Turtle or Baby Dino?
We then decided that a driveway is not the best place for a baby turtle. There is a pond down the hill from where we live so we scooted him onto some card stock and carried him down the hill to the edge of the woods.
Sending Baby Down to the Pond
On the way back up the hill, we discovered the baby turtle’s sibling in the grass. This one must have already crossed the driveway and was already headed down the hill.
Baby Snapping Turtle Sibling
I love this part of living in the woods. We really never know what we are going to find in our yard. We have seen snapping turtles before and one was rather large so we also have to be very careful of what we find in our yard. Seeing these baby snappers does solve a mystery too. Now I know who was digging holes in the new grass all along my driveway earlier this summer! It does make me wonder what things we miss though. What if Agent B hadn’t gotten off the bus as that moment? What if she wasn’t so observant? The baby turtles could have crossed our yard and we never would have known. What other kinds of things go on here with out us knowing? Oh and look, here is a perfect tie-in to a photo that I have wanted to post since August!
I know you guys are not all big fans of larger-than-life insect photos so I won’t show any of the real close close-ups, but here is a ginormous insect from Crops-a-lot’s yard in Michigan that we saw on vacation…
Just Hanging Out in the Ornamental Grasses
Yes, this is a praying mantis and yes, this praying mantis is indeed larger than our baby snapping turtles! You should have seen it when it flew away! It was the size of a bat! Ok, it appears that I am not going to be able to resist the close up so you may want to close your eyes for this one.
I'm Watching You!
Can you believe this guy was just a few inches from her front porch. I think he knows that Croppy is not a fan of biting bugs and was trying to eat them all before they had a chance to bite her.
Does it make you wonder what else is out there? What could be in your yard? What have you seen today?