Published by Lori Pickert on June 5, 2008 at 03:31 AM


The creek flooded its banks and made a temporary lake behind our house.

The temporary lake brought a new temporary pet — a baby snapping turtle. With the woods and the creek in your backyard, it’s easy to adopt a little bit of wildlife, watch it, feed it, learn about it, then let it go again.

Last year we found a box turtle just getting into the road and brought him home for a couple of weeks, then carefully returned him exactly where we found him — except, you know, about 12 feet further on his way, on the other side of the road. Turtles are so slow, and pickups so fast.

For it was rather exciting. The little dry ditches in which Piglet had nosed about so often had become streams, the little streams across which he had splashed were rivers, and the river, between whose steep banks they had played so happily, had sprawled out of its own bed and was taking up so much room everywhere, that Piglet was beginning to wonder whether it would be coming into his bed soon.



Comment by Sarah Jackson on June 5, 2008 at 04:00 AM

wow! My son is in love with that turtle. He thinks you should send it here.

Comment by girlwithmoxy on June 5, 2008 at 05:11 AM

Oh so cute, and I love it. I think his cousin came to visit us last summer. Precious quote from Pooh too. Glad you're lovin your neck of the woods like we love ours!

Comment by Molly on June 5, 2008 at 05:18 AM

This Milne quote is so lovely. I miss reading aloud those books with my kids, but even more, I find it unfortunate that my kids seem to better know the "disney, dummed down" version of those characters than the originals. Need to read a little more of "When we were six", etc. this summer.

We have flooding here in DC as well, but no adorable turtles :(

Comment by Cherry on June 5, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Awwww! What a cutie! Who'd've thought even baby turtles are cute.

Comment by MamaBird on June 5, 2008 at 01:42 PM

AWWWWWW that is one adorably ferocious little critter. Now I want pics of spring peepers! Do you get those tiny little frogs that come out in the rain?

Comment by Lori Pickert on June 5, 2008 at 02:35 PM

sarah - we would bring him for a visit if we could! or you guys could come over and go hunting with the boys for treasure - frogs, turtles, snakes...

girlwithmoxie - oh, we do - we love living in the country! i grew up wading in a creek every day of the summer, catching crawdads and salamanders. jack's bucket of tadpoles brought back such memories!

molly, well, i'm a pooh purist. i *hate* those new pooh books - bleah! i am partial to the *old* movies - blustery day, etc. - but i hate the new ones. we have read all the way through the pooh treasury several times!

cherry, aw, i think big turtles are cute too! not snappers, though. eesh.

mamabird, yes, he does look ferocious to me too! like he's making big plans for when he gets a little bigger... i wish i would have taken a picture of the last peeper we caught - they are so beautiful with their x-patterned backs. we just find them randomly - i'll definitely snap his portrait next time. and i'm not sure about tiny frogs - we have cricket frogs in this area (they never get bigger than an inch long) but we have never seen them in our yard.

Comment by Nicki on June 5, 2008 at 09:07 PM

You are so lucky to have such an abundance of nature on your doorstep!

Comment by Deb on June 6, 2008 at 01:16 AM

We found a similar critter on our hike last week--he was about 2 years old. Sweet when they can't take your arm off in a single snap. Lol.

Comment by megan on June 7, 2008 at 09:03 PM

I can only imagine what this impromptu lake looks like after this morning's downpour.

I stayed safely snuggled in my kitchen, folding laundry and going through a big stack of misc. Those misc are pesky buggers, lemme tell ya...


Comment by Lori Pickert on June 8, 2008 at 12:44 AM

we are, nicki, thanks! :^)

deb, even at 2 years they can take a chunk! ;^) i think what surprises people is the *lunge*. even our baby's neck is looooong. he's got quite a reach.

megan, the new rain hasn't brought back the flood; it's all receded and we'll only have mosquitoes to remind us...

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