tuesday turtle

I spotted this beautiful turtle (Florida river cooter) trying to find a good place to maybe lay her eggs. My backyard is a natural habitat with a bog, small pond, and stream and one would think is the perfect wetlands for raising young (which it is). In addition to being a great environment for all sorts of creatures you’d think it would also be the perfect spot for a turtle to make a nest and lay her eggs. My front yard is a suburban yard with only a small patch of grass but lots of mulched areas under the big trees. I often see these turtles wandering around in the neighborhood crossing the streets and digging in lawn grasses in failed attempts at nest building.

Here this gal is trying to dig in the cypress mulch without much success.

Beautiful shell which looks like it’s shedding off an older layer. She’s not doing a great job of blending in with her surroundings though.
I got this one close-up and then let her be. I checked the spot she was digging in latter in the day and there were no eggs.

More info can be found at https://srelherp.uga.edu/turtles/pseflo.htm

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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