It's turtle time again at the farm. You can see how exciting a life I lead here. Be that as it may, I do get a kick out of feeding the fish and turtles every evening at one of the ponds. I have many water turtles there, but the meany snapping turtles have become quite bold. Before I knew it the other eve, one had sped out of the water and was two feet away from my feet before I noticed it. There is a male and female. And, they love leftovers. I called them meanies because they usually only like live baby fish that are waiting for me at the edge of the pond when I arrive and they are considered an aggressive species. Their ancestor, the Alligator Snapping Turtle, can weigh 250 lbs. but thankfully I don't have any of those in my ponds. They usually stay in streams and rivers.
They can stick their necks out very far and I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Here is a young Red Eared Slider turtle coming for a snack. There are many of these in the pond. Unlike the box or land turtles around, their feet are much larger and webbed for swimming. Some of them have become very friendly and used to me while others float offshore with their heads above the water waiting for me to toss slices of bread their way.
This one decided to try Thai noodles.
When the other one appeared, it decided to score the chicken tender and quickly swam away with it.
So many cute creatures at the farm right now. Tiny tree frogs, peepers and toads about the size of your little fingernail are everywhere. I wonder how many we've squished. A box turtle was feasting on some of the fallen peaches this morning and of course, the crows were calling me. I was watering all the potted plants, it was 8:00 am and I was sweating like a pig. It will be 100 degrees today and I won't be going out again until this evening to feed.