Thursday, June 29, 2006

Because Paula Asked ...

Mildred (the traveling Snapping Turtle) was last seen splashing off into the Sandusky River. 

You didn't ask, but she actually started a half mile up the road at a neighbor's pond.  She was spotted wandering around their yard (and they have a little one - just going mobile) so ...  neighbor guy caught her, put her in a plastic tub and intended to take her to a local river, however,  Mildred had issues with riding anywhere in a large plastic tub and decided to crawl out into the back seat.  Her first car ride stopped at the end of the road and she was released into the ditch which was flowing with a heavy current headed west.

A month later she reappeared in my front yard.  I caught her, put her in a plastic drum, fed her pond weeds and hamburger (I was fresh out of invertebrates or carrion) and the next day one of our drivers offered to relocate her out of the neighborhood. This time she travelled in a container with a vented, locking lid and in the trunk.

I bet that she comes back. Eventually.

FWIW - I once spent a good hour watching an Alligator Snapping Turtle do not much of anything at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.  Information sorta here.  They have (or had) an old old guy in a tank, one of the signs outside the turtle display stated that "no he is not dead or drowning, he surfaces to breathe every 60-90 minutes" - people, lots of people gather to wait and watch to see if the turtle will move.  Honest.  It is a hoot. I waited and hour.  Stood there with dozens of other people watching a turtle do -- absolutely nothing. Ha! It was great!


madcobug said...

Cute entry LOL. Helen

plieck30 said...

Let us know if Mildred comes back. I'm glad she has a nice home for now. When we lived on the ranch a dry land turtle came to our back yard about every three days. It wasn't afraid and didn't draw into its shell like they do. we wrote our initials on its shell with finger nail polish. Paula