Why did the turtle cross the road?

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Blanding's Turtle

Blanding's Turtle

This Blanding's Turtle was in our yard, about 1/4 mile from Long's lake, on June 24, 1997.
It had crossed 2 roads to find us.

What was she doing so far from water? 
Laying her eggs!  We discovered the hatchlings in early September.

Blanding's Turtle -- head
Blanding's Turtle (Emydoidea blandingi)

Bright yellow chin and throat quickly identify basking specimens.
Smooth helmet-shaped carapace is black with profusion of irregularly shaped radiating spots and vermiculations.
The head is flat with protruding eyes and a long neck.

Blanding s Turtle -- plastron

Mama Turtle

Baby Turtle

The hinged plastron is yellow with large black blotches symmetrically arranged.
Size: 5 - 10.5 inches

Material Referenced: The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Reptiles & Amphibians

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