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09-09-2007, 16:36
So I am out mowing my lawn (should be diving, but hay needs to be cut at the right time) As I drive the tractor at warp speed just to get finished I see something moving in the grass just ahead of my tire. Slamming & swerving hard. I stop and pick up this!!!!

Wow he is about the size of a 50 cent piece.. Cool. Where the heck did he come from. Not really near any kind of water source but the pool. Grab a box so I can show chedderguy when he gets home. Back on the tractor, still going a hundred miles per hour. Ahhhhhhh Run another one over this time...
Tearfully I look under the deck to see the carnage...Out he waddles from the other side...What is going on?

Now I can understand 1, maybe a bird dropped him, but 2???? Looked all over for the nest, never did find it. Man are they cute (when little)

09-09-2007, 16:42
Very cool..

These things turn evil when they get bigger..

I just recovered from a snapping turtle bite to the ear...not pleasant!

09-09-2007, 16:43
They're adorable till they starts a nippin' off appendages. Weird that they'd show up in your yard.

09-09-2007, 16:44
They are cute. Are you going to keep them or take them to a lake?

09-09-2007, 16:45
Mean little suckers.

09-09-2007, 16:46
WE had one waddle thru the yard last year, she was about the size of a trash can lid. And very unhappy with the whole world, they hiss when disturbed.

WV Diver
09-09-2007, 16:48
Aren't they adorable. They grow fairly fast and can be a challenge due to their aggresive nature should you decide to make a pet of them. Best to turn them lose.

09-09-2007, 16:49
I took them to the swamp right after the pictures. Not even remotely considering keeping them. The big one last year stank to high heaven

09-09-2007, 16:49
could be turtle soup in a few years:smilie39:. but seriously they are cute my son would love to have one. you should probable let them go in a nice lake or pond.

09-09-2007, 16:55
[QUOTE=diverdad;48443]could be turtle soup in a few years:smilie39:.
That's what cheddarguy said, then went into a memory of his Swiss Gramma making him snapper soup......

09-09-2007, 18:59
Awwww too cute!

09-09-2007, 19:57
Very cute little things.

scuba Widow
09-09-2007, 20:39
They are soooo cute!!!

Charlotte Smith
09-09-2007, 20:47
They are cute at that age but man can they hurt when they get bigger.....I am having a time teaching my grandson about which ones he can pick up (he is 3) he loves them all...the turkles he says....nice pictures!

09-10-2007, 05:21
turkles.....how sweet

09-10-2007, 07:49
You did the right thing letting them go where you did. They were lucky you found them.

fire diver
09-10-2007, 08:38
Yeah, my boy's the same way. He would want them as pets. I've actually picked turtles from the side of the road and brought home for him to "keep." We always let them go after a week or two.

Found an eastern box turtle in the back yard the other day. A little bit later it was no where to be found. I always worry about stray cats and dogs when I see small animals that don't belong in the "city".


09-10-2007, 09:21
The little guys made the news yesterday.


09-10-2007, 11:58
wow....glad I only found 2

09-10-2007, 12:49
Aww too cute! Once there was a fully grown adult sitting in the road here. I let him chase me off the pavement LOL.. safe ending for both involved

09-10-2007, 19:11

I prefer these to the ones you found. We have 6 that live in our yard. Yes, it is a NWF certified "Backyard Wildlife Habatat". We have all kinds of neet things living in the yard. One of the turtles is nicknamed Scar as he has a wicked scar accross the top of the shell. He has been in the yard for 7 years now, and still doing very well.
We have a english cottage garden for the front yard. I will have to take a picture of the back.

fire diver
09-10-2007, 21:08
Hey dog, round here we call those "weeds" and we use a lawnmower on them.


09-10-2007, 21:15
Very cool..

These things turn evil when they get bigger..

I just recovered from a snapping turtle bite to the ear...not pleasant!

On the ear!!!! :smiley5: What were you doing to get bit on the ear? OUCH! That had to smart.

09-12-2007, 09:29
Awesome yard Doghouse! Just found a random (flat) turtle at the entrance to one of our office's garage doors. Nothing near, don't know where it came from.

09-12-2007, 09:37
What were you doing to get bit on the ear? OUCH! That had to smart.

That's what I was thinking! Was this while you were diving or something?!?:smiley22: