THEY HATCHED!!!!

Conroe, TX

Rememer a while back I posted pictures of a momma turtle laying her eggs. We had been waiting for them to hatch and wondering if they would with the conditions so hot and dry here. We figured they would hatch the end of August. Just last evening my husband and I took a walk around the pond and the area they were layed was still the same, no hole, no progress we could see. This morning my son walked around the pond and a while later he came back holding a baby turtle. He said the little guy had his head sticking out of a hole and came out. He said there were two more he could see in the hole.

Since it has been so dry here, the pond is pretty dried up in areas and is in the process of getting dug out deeper, so the area they were on the trail has mounds of dirt close and the pond area is mostly dried up. We didn't want them wondering off to nothingness and not finding the water, so we have taken them and put them in a tank habitat. We will probably release them on the far side of the pond that still has quite a bit of water.By the way, there ended up being 4 total.

Thought I'd share the pictures with you.

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Conroe, TX

More....In this pic, you can see the hole it came out of.

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Conroe, TX

here is a pic of the hole, if you look close you can see another one in the hole.

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Conroe, TX

The three that came out after #1

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Conroe, TX

Look closely, you can see #!'s head popping out of the water. The funniest thing was as soon as it got to water, it stuck its head down and drank.

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Conroe, TX

Their temporary habitat. One is in the water and the others are heading to it.

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Punta Gorda, FL(Zone 9b)

That is sooo nice that you looked after them all that time. What a wonderful person,
I'd like to have neighbors like you :)

Conroe, TX

oh wait, I was wrong, there was more than one in the water in that picture above.

Here is a couple of them heading to the water.

When they first came out of the hole, they couldn't see for sand in their eyes. They took their paws, I guess you call them. and rubbed their eyes.

They are soooo cute.

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Conroe, TX

Thanks Passionflowerz

Conroe, TX

Tiny turtle in my daughters hand.

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Pelzer, SC(Zone 7b)

:)))

Richmond, TX

How very cool!

Conroe, TX

Here is a picture fresh out of the water, they are so pretty and green. We gave them a little Romaine lettuce, they ate up the first batch so this was more. We will get them some food today, not sure if there is mush out there as dry as it has been, but till we release them we'll get them something good and nutricious.

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Richmond, TX

So cute! Our turtles always liked worms - but hard to find in this drought, I'm sure.

Eatonton, GA(Zone 8b)

hmmmmmm, Smedge it seems we have now added a new love to our Poultry and Livestock forum! Gotta love turtles!!

Richmond, TX

Turtles are livestock, right?

Conroe, TX

I love turtles. I have lots of turtle figurines all over my house. :)

One of the 4 seems to be not ready to face the world. The other 3 stay pretty much in the water and it is hunkered down in the dirt. Hope it is okay. We got them some hatching and juvenile turtle food for sliders that has vitamins and minerals. Hope to give them a good jump start before we release them. It's going to be hard to let them go.

Vancleave, MS(Zone 8b)

I had to rescue some this summer too. They are so cute

Tamworth, NH(Zone 4b)

Baby turtles are soooooo cute!

(Zone 6b)

Thanks for sharing.

Redwood City, CA

Thanks for sharing and thanks for helping the little guys!

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