Saturday, June 20, 2009

Snapping Turtles for Camera Critters

This is the time of year when I often find Snapping Turtlres laying their eggs. I have been looking for them all week walking along the railroad tracks for that is where I often find them. I have had no luck but this morning my neighbour, nicknamed" Turtleman" telephoned me telling me of one laying eggs along the street just a short distance away. It was still there on the nest it had dug when I arrrived.if you look carefully in the pic below you can see it beside the street It was quite small and very tired looking. When I returned home Turtle man telephoned again. He had just found another snapping turtle laying eggs, this one was beside the railroad tracks where I had been looking all week!
This was a good picture taking opportunity. above and belowyou can see the turtle spread out in the nest site it had dugin the sand.what a mucky job it was. I will monitor this site until the fall and maybe I might see the baby turtles hatch.aboveyou can see the folds in the turtle's neck.justlike a turtle neck sweater.
After returning home again we went to yard sale and for 50 cents I found another turtle, This one was rather cuddly and sweet so I brought it home with me. one of my grandchildren might like it!and I can teach them about turtles.

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22 comments:

Sandy Kessler said...

cool super cool sandy

Deborah Godin said...

Amazing that you could snap these pictures and not get snapped yourself. Guess the mama was a bit preoccupied at the moment!

Snap said...

I love turtles and how cool that you can see the egg laying and monitor the nests. Love the cuddly turtle and you are right, it will be great to teach the grandchildren. It will give you and them a lot of pleasure.

Ruth said...

I have yet to find a snapping turtle. Great photos! I do like the cuddly one too.

Babooshka said...

Wow! Not your usual critter image. Well snapped.

Michele said...

Amazing photos of the snapping turtles!!! I have never seen them before... it would be neat to see the baby ones.

Interesting thing I have posted turtles but of the Painted kind on Camera critters today. =)

Anya said...

I love turtles
they are soooooo funny :)
Lovely shots !!

Cezar and Léia said...

Very creative and funny post! Great turtle and I agree with you sooo cute!
purrs and love
Luna(from Brazil)

bobbie said...

I've seen them laying eggs, but have never been fortunate enough to see those eggs hatching. that would be great.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Wow,that is special to be able to witness the egg laying process.Sure hope you will be able tho photograph the babies later on.
Blessings,Ruth

Appalachian Lady said...

I never knew about the snapping turtle's nesting habits. I have only seen them on the go or in water. Thanks for sharing,.

Anonymous said...

Congrats!!! What a nice way to begin a day, I'm truly happy for you..

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Pagan Sphinx said...

What amazing creatures. Excellent captures.

Dianne said...

incredible!

love the toy too :)
what a great way to teach the grandkids

Susan said...

Wonderful photos.They are awesome creatures!

Mary said...

How amazing to get to watch them do that. I only see things like that on TV. I like the stufffed one, too :-)

Joy said...

What an awesome opportunity!

Becky and Gary said...

Yes it is that time again. I haven't seen any yet except a big granddaddy swimming up the creek. I will be on the look out. Great shots Ann,and how lucky to have someone alert you.
Have a great rest of the week-end.
B.

David said...

"turtley enough for me"

Karen said...

How lucky you are to be able to catch the turtle laying it's eggs and also to be able to monitor the nest and watch for the babies..

You;d think , though, that they would choose better places than beside a road and railroad tracks !!!

Great captures !

Tina said...

Neat post..how cool is it to find a turtle nesting..and be able to watch this all happen. I sure hope you are able to see the eggs hatch.
I will look forward to that!!
Cute find tho at the yard sale..Love the decorative shell!! :-)

dAwN said...

Omygoodness..I love the photos..and I never put 1 and 1 together..for the turtle neck thing..but now that I see it ..yes..LOL