I finally saw my first Blanding’s Turtle! Blanding’s are an endangered species in Nova Scotia, with only three small areas with known populations. We just happen to live almost on top of one of those three areas.
Yet, I hadn’t seen one yet. I’m always helping turtles cross the road, but they aren’t the special turtles.
This turtle, we saw passing through our neighbour’s yard, of all places. We were just stopping by, and I noticed “Hey, a turtle”, as we parked. It was marching past the garden. I went and picked it up, and then we had to take pictures, to report the sighting.
This turtle may appear to be smiling, but he/she was not happy about being picked up or diverted from his mission. She may also appear to be limp, but he was very actively trying to push my fingers off. She knew exactly what the problem was – my fingers on the side of his shell. Let me go! They are strong.
Also fast. I don’t buy the tortoise and the hare thing. Our rabbits loll around. Turtles can move. There’s a big snapping turtle that lives in the culvert at the end of our road that I’m dying to get a picture of (so tall, so armored dinosaur looking), but he/she’s way too fast, gone by the time I whip out my camera.
She did not stick around for canapés after the photo shoot.