Sunday, June 27, 2010

We are EXPECTING......

Baby Box about 3 months! Caleb found Scrappy (this is what we named this turtle because she has a scrapped place on her shell) in our backyard. Of course, he picked her up and brought her closer to the house so we could all enjoy her for awhile. Her back end was all dirty....little did WE KNOW she was DIGGING a hole for her NEST to LAY EGGS!!!! About an hour had past, Rylee comes yelling in the house. "Moma, that turtle has laid eggs!" Of course, I thought NO WAY!!! Well, there laid 3 white eggs on our sidewalk. It totally amazes me that these eggs came from this turtle!
A little scale comparison.....

What is a person to do with 3 turtle eggs? I looked on the Internet first. Then, I called our vet, but they did not know what to do. They gave me a phone number to our local wildlife management. Well, of course no one answered the phone and I left a voice mail. No one EVER returned my call either....thanks a lot! So, what is a concerned animal lover and mom to do???Call the local zoo of course. We had just been at this zoo the day before (takes about 2 hrs. to get there). They knew just what to do! Mark the eggs with a pencil, so you will know the top of the egg! DO NOT turn upside down and shake the eggs!!!!

Dig a hole 6 inches deep in a shaded and well-drained area. I chose my shrub bed beside the back porch. Cover the hole and wait patiently for 3 months. The lady said they probably will not make it because the eggs were in the HOT sun too long....but wishful thinking is what I say!!!! We (strike that) I said a few words of encouragement before I covered the eggs. Only time will tell if they make it or not. I did my part! :)

Scrappy is on the left. The night before, we found the other box turtle in our driveway. He hung around for about 2 days. The moma, aka Scrappy, got the heck out of Dodge!!! I am always helping out turtle when I turtles that is. If I see one in the road, I stop and move them to safety. Sometimes, we bring them home for awhile. Back in May, we had Frisky in the house for awhile. He was NOT bashful at all. We share this Earth with all of God's creatures. I teach my boys to respect them and to be kind to them. Thank goodness, they take after me and share my lovin' for animals!!!


  1. Oh, this is exciting! I didn't realize little turtles as pets could have babies! I guess I'm just a silly! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. Congrats!! :) I know that you are proud! LOL

  3. Oh my goodness, I hope they make it!!! I love turtles!


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