2012 Turtle Times Community Calendar Announced
Posted 02 December 2011 - 02:08 AM
Congrats to everyone who participated it was a lot of fun. There were a lot of GREAT pictures!
Posted 02 December 2011 - 08:40 AM
Posted 02 December 2011 - 10:43 AM
May I take a moment to give some background on the May turtle (Common Snapping turtle) for those of you tha may not know her background and can appreciate the photo even more. "Sheila Schnapper" was found on the road as a half-dead, severely dehydrated hatchling the spring of 2008 (she must have overwintered in the egg). We didn't think she would make it but with several weeks of TLC and good food, it wasn't long before she would start snapping for more food when she saw us approach her tank....she thrived....It was determined she was a female for sure about a year ago and she started to grow quickly and we knew the time would come to either find her a good home with lots of room or release her. We have good friends that have a farm in a neighboring state that has private ponds which are inhabited by snappers, one female each year coming up to their garden to lay eggs. We asked if we could release Sheila there and they were more than happy to oblige. On June 16th of this year she was packed up and driven to their farm and released into the largest pond. She swam out a bit, stopped, lifted her head out of the water, turned around, swam back some, lifted her head out as if to say "Goodbye and thank you," spun around and quickly disappeared down into the pond. My husband said his eyes misted at that and we would all miss her after raising her from that crusted, dried out snapper to a small dinner plate size healthy, robust snapper.
The photo in the calendar was taken of her the morning of her release, June 16, 2011. Enjoy and thanks for voting for that photo!
Posted 02 December 2011 - 04:31 PM
Posted 03 January 2012 - 09:12 PM
Posted 03 January 2012 - 10:08 PM
the story about Sheila is so sweet:)
Posted 20 January 2012 - 10:11 PM
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