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Kassiani

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When I looked out my kitchen window this morning, I saw this guy (gal?) in my backyard surrounded by the local Crow family.
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I couldn’t tell if the turtle was stuck or trying lay eggs (not their usual spot).
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The turtle seemed to be able to move all of his legs but one, so I went with stuck. Got my leather gloves and picked him up slightly and moved him forward just a tad. When I lifted him, I could tell that his left front claws had gotten tangled in the thatch. Once loose, he scurried back to the pond!

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Thank you for saving that little guy! I'm glad his leg was okay & the crows hadn't gotten to him. :pinksmile:

Is that your pond? Very pretty area. :wideyed:
 

Kassiani

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Thank you! Yes that’s the pond in my area. I’m one of about a dozen homes built around this pond in the mid-60’s. My back yard is very overgrown in some areas, but it is a beautiful, peaceful spot!
 

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Thank you, that's very kind of you to say!
 

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Looks like someone was making a nest to lay eggs? I always stop for turtles on the roadway and move them off.

Thank you for being a turtle trooper!
 

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If it was a Cooter or Slider, it could have been considering that spot as a nest site. I don't know enough about turtles to fill a thimble, lol! My yard, considering the dogs and cats in the neighborhood, would not be a suitable site! :wideyed:
 

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Dagnabbit! Turns out it was a female, she was laying eggs (although I swear I didn’t see any and the hole did not seem deep enough), and the crows ultimately got the eggs :(

This was the hole this morning. It just didn’t seem big or deep enough to hold eggs (it’s about 8 in wide and only looked about 3 or 4 in deep).

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There were about 4 or 5 egg shells lying about presumably because of the crows.

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So now I guess I should figure out some way to cage a turtle nest to protect it from predators? Well, assuming another lady seems to think my backyard is the ideal nest spot :facepalm:
 

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Dagnabbit! Turns out it was a female, she was laying eggs (although I swear I didn’t see any and the hole did not seem deep enough), and the crows ultimately got the eggs :(
Well, nature happens sometimes. And all because of these wretched birds! Oh wait. We like birds around here.

Oh well, a birds gotta eat ya know. Better luck next time, momma turtle.
 

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That's too bad. I wouldn't think right in the open would be a good spot for a nest especially since you have water closer. I know nothing about turtles but I know I would have moved her closer to the water to.
 

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Well, nature happens sometimes. And all because of these wretched birds! Oh wait. We like birds around here.

Oh well, a birds gotta eat ya know. Better luck next time, momma turtle.
Yes, well, I feel worse that I interrupted her. I realize ‘nature happens’. I’m not naive. I’m sure she’ll lay again elsewhere.
 

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That's too bad. I wouldn't think right in the open would be a good spot for a nest especially since you have water closer. I know nothing about turtles but I know I would have moved her closer to the water to.
Some sources I looked through today stated that these turtles do lay in sandy/loamy soil in clear areas about 100 feet from the water. Apparently they look for clearings so that the hatchlings have an easier time making it to the water.
 

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Beautiful! :heart:
 

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Yes, well, I feel worse that I interrupted her. I realize ‘nature happens’. I’m not naive. I’m sure she’ll lay again elsewhere.
Sorry that my attempt at a lighthearted comment was insensitive. I didn't intend to direct it at you. Please accept my apology.
 

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Hopefully it means, since there wasn't a proper hole for the eggs, the eggs were infertile, but I'm no turtle expert :roflmao:
 
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