It’s the Blanding’s Turtle Migration!

Approximately 20 years ago we found a Blanding’s Turtle laying eggs beside our driveway. We were super excited because they are an endangered species. Aaron found the babies just as they were hatching so we were able to see them before setting them out to join the pond world.

We haven’t seen a single BT since then, until yesterday. One big girl was hiking through our back yard. We moved her to the front so the dogs couldn’t bother her.

And now tonight, a second turtle is traversing the front yard. They have very different patterns on their tummy shells, so we know they weren’t the same turtle.

It feels good to see them out and about again! 🙂

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I didn’t take photos because I didn’t want to stress them. This photo is from a Detroit Zoo website!

Here is what the pattern on the bottom shell looks like. Image

(Google Image)

And this is pretty much all we saw of the two girls! Good luck out there!

(Another Google Image)

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16 Responses to It’s the Blanding’s Turtle Migration!

  1. Jaypo says:

    Yellow turtle bibs!! is the yellow typical of the Blandings turtles? They’re very similar to the Eastern Box Turtles we had in our yard when I was a kid. I’ve seen only a few in the past 20+ years around here. I think they’re endangered too.

    Bless the turtles!

  2. kimkiminy says:

    How WONDERFUL!!! Thanks for not stressing them.

  3. that’s really cool, go little toitles, go!

  4. Brown Suga' says:

    They may be shy, but they look like they’re smilingks!

  5. GOF says:

    That’s really cool…..all I ever see in my driveway are cane toads.

  6. Redscylla says:

    Yay yay! For turkles finding safe places where people look out for them and welcome them. That’s one of my happiest memories of Florida–rescuing about a dozen gopher tortoise hatchlings from a too busy road near brand new condos on what was once *their* beach. We stopped and turned on our flashers, then ran along, dodging traffic, and scooping them up into our shirt fronts, and found them a new place further down the road.

  7. Kzinti says:

    I was driving to work the other morning and saw something moving in the other lane. As I passed by, I saw it was a turtle. He was almost clear, but I hope it made it to safety. I hate seeing turtles run over.

    • Lauri says:

      I just saw this comment, Kzinti. I apologize!
      I hate seeing smooshed turtles, too. It’s so unnecessary, because it’s not like they dart out in front of the car!

  8. How cool!! Have you seen it again since then?

    • Lauri says:

      Hi, empress! No, we haven’t seen anymore Blandings Turtles. A couple of weeks ago we did see a small pond turtle taking a dip in our koi pond. She then went out into the grass about 20 feet away and laid a nest of eggs! We’ll be watching for them to hatch! Nothing is cuter than tiny tiny turtles.

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