And here is a photo of yet another baby, baby turtle (probably hatched in June or July) that Ms. GK found while we were watching Darlene and one of her suitors on the back porch.
And then this little spoiled brat came up expecting to be fed. So here's Hand. When GK found three baby turtles 2 summers ago, she named them Hand, Foot, Heart. And the answer is I have no idea but I just work here. This one is Hand.
In answer to some of the questions posed about the turtles after my rescue story.
This is fairly late in the season for box turtles to settle in so I found Darlene just in time. Her urge to find a good place to hibernate is probably why she was on the move. Our backyard in the fall is like a race track. They all stomp around until they find just the right spot. Kinda reminds me of kids playing Musical Chairs, because sometimes they tussle over the same spot. That's why in the spring, you will see two or three come out of the same hibernation hole. It's really quite interesting.
They will all start their hibernation preparations in the next two weeks. This is the time I try to get more food out and more water available....they will eat until just before they hibernate. Turtles like all animals that hibernate, gorge to fatten up so they can survive not eating for months. They won't have full tummy's however because their systems slow down and they won't use their energy to digest food but rather just for stasis (hibernation).
|look at the ugly mess my Dad made of the concrete. does anyone know an easy way to get housepaint off of concrete?|
A gravid female can carry around her eggs for up to a year in order to lay them in the most advantageous conditions. A female can also carry male sperm in her for up to three years and then become gravid if the conditions are suitable. I always thought that was a very efficient way to propagate the species.
Turtles may not make you smile as much as they intrigue us but you all are always so kind to comment and ask questions. Thanks.
It's junkin' day so.....I gotta fly, Oma Linda