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Last week about 5.30a, as I was heading out to jog, I happened to look in our backyard, and there I saw a snapping turtle. It had rained a lot the day before, and Ralston creek was full because of it, but she wasn’t there to escape the water. She was there to lay her eggs. With her hind legs she dug a hole in the mud. In the pictures below, behind her you can just see the dirt she pushed out. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a picture of her eggs. You’ll have to use your imagination to see them.

Snapping turtle laying eggs in our yard.

Snapping turtle laying eggs, from the front.

By 7 o’clock, she was gone, back to the creek from whence she came.



I wanted to post this last week, as I told Mary (and Rose). But our PC died for good, and I couldn’t get the turtle off the camera. Fortunately, yesterday the computer replacement came, so voila! Turtle!

It occurs to me that there’s no easy visual referent to judge how big the turtle was. So it was a bit bigger than an American football.