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Baby snapping turtle rescue squad

September 10th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Baby snapping turtles surf very small waves by betsythedevine
Baby snapping turtles surf very small waves, a photo by betsythedevine on Flickr.

Frank and I found eight baby snapping turtles, over the course of a long sunny afternoon, being bounced by some very mild waves against the glacial sand beach of our local lake. This probably relates to a story we heard in July about a very large snapping turtle who unexpectedly hung out on the very same beach for a couple of days. This surprised all the locals because the sand beach is much too clean a part of the lake to harbor much food for turtles of any size.

So Frank and I gently moved our new turtle colonists, one by one, into a murkier backpond with a lot more algae and plantlife and algae, where snapping turtles have lots more to eat. And where snapping turtles abound, and have done so, all of the many years we have seen turtles around here.

To say that the turtles did not appreciate our interest would be a very big understatement. But no fingers or toes were bitten off during this rescue, to their disappointment and our satisfaction.

Tags: Frank Wilczek · New Hampshire! · Wide wonderful world

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 TA // Feb 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    This blog is definitely taking on a certain turtle-like quality though. :P

    Hopefully it’s just resting.

  • 2 Betsy Devine // Mar 4, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Oh darn it, TA, real life has been harassing me in the past few months. Thank you so much for caring that I haven’t blogged much.