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Turtle puddle

baby snapping turtle close up

We installed gutters last year, but have not got around to diverting all the water.

I found this baby snapping turtle in our biggest puddle.

Anna thought about moving him to the new pond, but got concerned he might be too small to climb over its plastic walls. We ended up moving him to a more friendly puddle with no foot traffic.



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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Ahhh,,, that may be a face only a mother could love... But i do think he is kinda cute. My brother had a duck pond, and more than once watched a full sized snapper actually pull a duck under...
Comment by Deb Mon May 13 00:38:38 2013
I wish everyone was as concerned about the environment as you two are. I sometimes find myself trying to not injure the earthworms while digging in the garden, crazy isn't it.
Comment by Zimmy Mon May 13 09:32:06 2013
He looks just like his Mama and big Daddy already!
Comment by Stephanie Tue May 14 09:41:39 2013





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