Sunday, November 27, 2011
Week 26 by Judy
I wanted a really cool photo to commemorate the half-way point of our NWG's 52-week photo project. The photo isn't that great, but it is of something I have never witnessed before and may never again in my lifetime. We went camping for the Thanksgiving weekend to a great county campground in Narcoossee, FL. This Peninsular Cooter Turtle surprisingly stopped and laid her eggs in the empty campsite next to ours. She dug two holes with her back legs and alternated laying her eggs in each hole. As she laid each egg, she would cover it with a thin layer of dirt and then move onto the other hole. She laid 22 eggs and it took her about a half hour. She seemed oblivious to us watching her. When done, she added enough dirt to the nest to level it off and walked off, never to visit the nest again or to ever see her baby turtles. She had some damage to her shell, probably done by a boat propeller, but it looked like it had healed. What a neat event to have witnessed!