Crossing the Road

What is a turtle who has taken up photography called? Snapping turtle. 🙂

This past summer, on two different occasions, we came upon snapping turtles as they cautiously emerged from the cover of green grass and made the trek from one side of the country road to the other.

The first turtle stopped to bask in the sun for a while before continuing its journey across. Then it strolled through the grass, took a dive into a water-filled ditch, and disappeared.

The second turtle strolled down the road for a short time and then headed for a ditch and into a wooded area.

Later in the summer, while out walking, we found a baby snapping turtle that was sitting in the middle of the road.  Afraid that it might not make it to its destination safely, we carefully helped it across the road in the direction that it was headed.

Snapping turtles are fascinating and always fun to watch from a distance.

Once you’ve committed yourself to something, pace yourself to the finish line. ~Meb Keflezighi

13 thoughts on “Crossing the Road

  1. I was amazed at just how fast that turtle went in the video … I was thinking more like a slow crawl. That little one was cute. I follow Crosswinds Marsh on Facebook and the naturalist who writes the post is always picking up baby turtles as she worries people won’t see them in the road. Watch your fingers! I like your joke up top Rebecca!

    • Thanks, Linda! I think the human taking photos probably motivated it to hustle to its destination. They can move quite quickly when they want to. I have seen photos and videos of baby turtles, but this was the first that I had actually seen out in nature. I guess it was a long trek across the road for such a little one.

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