Minnesota Farmer


Turtle hatch
September 1, 2011, 10:17 am
Filed under: garden, Minnesota, pond, water garden, Wildlife | Tags: , , , , , ,

In the early days of our Koi pond our landscaper had brought us some turtles.  Those turtles decided to head off for bigger ponds and our pond was turtleless.  Later he brought us some turtle eggs which we gently buried near the pond.  At that time he told us to expect a September first hatch.  As I was walking by the pond just now I looked down to see a bit of turtle shell peeking out of the mulch.

Soon you could see a little turtle checking out the world.

Once he hit the water, he was gone between the rocks in no time at all.

There are three more eggs in the mulch and I can see that they are already split.  The babies will go into hiding as they grow larger.  When winter comes they will burrow into the sand and silt on the bottom to sleep off the cold months.  I’m hoping they will call my pond home for some time.  Just another exciting bit of news from the pond.

Michael

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