Turtles, laying eggs in our yard
May 2, 2012 § 11 Comments
Yesterday morning, while I was drinking my coffee and looking out the kitchen window, I happened to see one of the cats stalking a slow-moving blob on the lawn. I grabbed my camera, and ran out to the yard, and was able to capture this picture of a turtle coming up into the yard to lay her eggs. Dave grew up on this farm, and says that every year, 7-10 of them crawl up into the yard to find a quiet place to lay their eggs. It’s difficult to see the scale of this beautiful turtle, but she was about 10-inches long.
I like how her shell is decorated with algae from the duck pond. Her bit of camouflage didn’t do much of a job hiding her from me, thanks to her enormous size and the cat stalking her. Why yes, I was out in the yard in my pajamas and bathrobe, while the road-workers were driving up and parking their cars, and getting their big dirt-moving machines revved up for the day. I’m sure they think I’m a little strange, hanging around in the yard in my pajamas, taking pictures of turtles.
Dave says that last weekend, when I was off teaching a workshop in town, he saw some turtles laying eggs in the side yard off the Master bedroom. Turtle eggs take 70-90 days to hatch, so by the end of July, we might be seeing some turtle hatchlings, crawling through the yard, and making their way to our pond.