In much of the country, as I’m sure many of you know, this is the time of year when mother turtles are on the move looking for nesting sites. This often involves crossing roads, so keep an eye out and if you see a turtle in the road, please stop and move it aside, if it’s safe for you to do so. Nothing makes me sadder than a dead smashed turtle.
Most of the turtles I’ve been seeing (and rescuing) here have been Painted Turtles, but this evening I found a Common Snapping Turtle, Chelydra serpentina, digging a nest at the edge of the driveway. I was on the phone with a friend (hi Michelle!), and I ended up with my phone in one hand and my camera in the other, trying to get a good photo without disturbing the turtle too much.
Not the best spot for a nest, perhaps. However, if I’m very lucky, maybe I’ll get to see some baby snappers eventually!