Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Stinkpot? Who comes up with these names?

The wet conditions keep bringing more interesting visitors. The dogs found this little water turtle in their exercise yard over the weekend. We don't know where she came in, and apparently neither did she when we found her.

As near as we can figure out according to our Audobon guides, this little turtle is called a Stinkpot. The guide describes Stinkpots as "feisty." That part certainly fit. Even though she was all of about 5 inches long, she made it very clear she intended to eat us if we kept bothering her.

She must have had quite a hike uphill to get to the dogs' yard from any usual water source, so we gave her a lift back down toward the river and released her near a natural spring at the bottom of the hill. As soon as she realized she was near water again, she made a beeline that would have put a hare to shame. Stay safe, Stinkpot, and try to avoid dog yards from now on.

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