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Katie and the big turtle


A year ago last fall Katie and I had an adventure with a tiny newborn turtle.   Diana will remember that I grabbed the baby turtle back out of the water right in front of a big black snake that was anticipating lunch.  This morning we tried very hard NOT to have an adventure with a much larger turtle.

Earlier in the day I noticed what looked like a big turtle in the neighbor’s front yard.  But the light was low and he had mowed his grass yesterday and I figured it was just a big clump of cut grass.  Later in the morning Katie and I went out to do her job and I noticed this trail through the dew…

…now WHAT I thought, would make a big wide flat mark like that?  Then I remembered the clump of  ‘grass’ I had noticed earlier.  I wondered…if there was a turtle, where was she?  So we tiptoed around a spruce tree…and found this:

Katie was not happy to be taken back to the house.

An hour or more later we went back outside and guess what.  She had maneuvered into the middle of our yard, on her way to the pond across the street.

It’s MY yard Mama!  I want to go see what she’s DOING!

OK, OK.  I’ll just sit right here and watch her.

Katie was again unhappy to be told to “leave it’ as we went back inside.

I was worried that she’d get smushed crossing the road, so I thought I’d pick her up and put her in a laundry basket, carry her over the road and let her go in the pond.

Not going to happen.  She hissed at me when I touched her.  So I figured she was on her own.

She’s made it to the pond safely now.  She would have made it faster if we hadn’t investigated her progress all morning.

Silly us.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

16 thoughts on “Katie and the big turtle

  1. That is one huge turtle!!


  2. That’s a big turtle. I can’t believe you were going to attempt to pick it up! I would have been terrified. What a fun thing to have in your yard!

    My husband once stopped traffic on a busy street so a turtle could cross safely.


  3. That was a big turtle !!!! I think if it had hissed at me I would of left it to it’s own devices too !!!


  4. Wow! That is a big turtle. Glad she made it to the pond safely. It sounds like the whole incident made for an interesting morning 🙂


  5. That is a big turtle. You were brave to even attempt to get it. Ive seen turtles lunge thur the air. Scary. Im glad he made it to the pond.


  6. Was it a snapping turtle? If so no way should you pick it up! Cool to see the huge path it made in the dewy grass and I am glad to know it got to the pond safely!


  7. The pictures in this post make a wonderful story. First, Katie and the baby turtle in Tupperware made me laugh. Then there was the mysterious wide track through dewy grass. Katie’s straining at the leash is good, too. Altogether, if a picture is worth a thousand words, you’ve got a short story here!


  8. I never knew turtles hissed! Glad she made it back to the pond!


  9. We remember that little turtle. Do you think that big turtle was the little turtle all growed up?

    Essex & Dog Dad


  10. I had to laugh when I read Diana’s comment about turtles launching through the air. That just seems so odd. You always picture them being so slow. I guess I would have to think twice about helping out a turtle if they are going to hiss and lunge through the air to get me. LOL


  11. LOL. Essex this was a very old turtle judging from the scars on the roof of the shell. So I don’t think it was my little turtle from a couple of years ago. But you never know!


  12. Wow! That is a very fine looking turtle! Your wild life is very cool. Perhaps Katie was just trying to make a new friend…


  13. EEK! She hissed at you?! I think I would have peed myself then and there. She’s big!


  14. That’s a huge turtle! It seems it had kept Katie very busy for a while.

    I’m so glad that it had made its way to the pond. That’s home.


  15. Woah, big turtle! Seems very exciting and exotic to me!
    I was looking forward to seeing the results of your letter writing challenge, so it was a bit disappointing to only get two replies, but I’m glad you got something from it anyway.


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