I get out there and start pulling weeds and look up to see something looking at me.
It's a snapping turtle ... and a pretty good sized one too.
Now Paula may be the Turtle Whisperer; but I'll have to take the crown for being the Turtle Chaser :)
I did not want this turtle in my yard ... or taking up residency in the fish pond. I get mud turtles or little painted turtles in there - which is bad enough. I don't plan on feeding my goldfish and koi to this big momma.
She kept walking around ~ but would not be scared off. I don't know if you're familiar with snapping turtles; but they are not cute and they are NOT friendly! One bite of their powerful jaws and you could lose a hand or foot. Seriously.
She was on a mission. She started digging a hole in the driveway to make a place to lay her eggs.
Did you notice the leech that was attached to her shell right above her tail? Gross.
She's out on the driveway; but still too close for my liking.
I went into the house for a bit because the mosquitoes were getting pretty bad. It doesn't look like I'm going to get much weeding done today.
I sprayed down with some bug spray and came back out about 10 minutes later.
She was already done laying her eggs and had them covered with dirt ... BUT where did she go? I hope she's not in the fish pond.
Oh great ... there she is on the patio ~ heading straight for it!
Not on my watch you ugly turtle ...
... that's right ~ turn yourself around and keep on walking. You and that leech you're toting around on your back aren't welcomed at the Black Lagoon.
Keep walkin' ... and don't give me no attitude either!
Gotta go! I hear something outside on the deck ... I think that raccoon is back!! Never a dull moment around here :)
Until next time ...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.