Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Unexpected Visitor

 Last week we arrived home one evening to see this buried in our front garden.

I'm pretty sure my first words were "who put a rock in our front garden?"

On closer inspection, it looks like we have a new snapper turtle friend, who decided that our garden was the perfect spot to lay her eggs.  After convincing the twins that the turtle wasn't going to jump up, chase them, and snap, we happily settled in for some turtle observation.  Over the course of a few hours, the turtle completely buried itself in the dirt.  I expected the turtle to be gone by morning, but at 530 am our dog started barking up a storm, and Finley and I rushed downstairs to see this out the window.

This of course necessitated waking up Hadley, and before long, we were sitting in our jammies in the driveway watching our friend make his way towards the road.  With a little encouragement, the turtle headed downhill towards the lake, and we were left with a pile of dirt with some turtle eggs in our front garden.  These eggs have become an object of fascination, I can only hope in 10 weeks or so when the turtles emerge that we get to see some of the little turtles.

There is nothing like, science, adventure, and discovery right outside your front door (even when it is at 5:30 in the morning)!


  1. What fun, Gretchen! I've been following your awesome blog for a while now, and this turtle finally inspired me to comment. I used to teach about turtles on the Cape and fell in love with their slow, ponderous ways. Kids always found them fascinating, and it's great to see your family enjoying them as well. You may want to put a chicken wire cage over the nest so that raccoons or skunks can't get to it...

    1. Janice - so great to hear from you, and thanks for keeping up on my blog :) The kids loved the turtle and are still talking about it. Thanks for the advice on the chicken wire - we've got extra, so I'll put some up tomorrow.

  2. Wow, what a fun thing to have happen right in your garden! Hope you get some pictures of the babies!

  3. Oh my so much fun!! Hoping you get to meet those little turtles and get a picture to share with us :)

  4. How awesome! Right in your own garden!! Your children must just love this. Thanks for sharing this. I had to show my boys and they loved this!!


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