Scott and I headed out to The Fountain today after work to get some measurements for our upcoming book. The first thing we discovered is that the fountain is full of toads. Dozens, maybe hundreds of them. The next thing we noticed was a 8″ or so turtle inside The Fountain’s pool.
The first turtle, a Blanding’s Turtle, is listed in Michigan as a “special concern species,” just short of threatened, so somewhat rare. Very shy, and pulled completely inside its shell as soon as I got close.
Looking around a bit more, we found a less friendly turtle
The Common Snapping Turtle isn’t exactly known for being friendly. It is, however, quite well known for biting the hand that feeds it, the hand that gets too close to it, and the hand that just didn’t move away fast enough.
Neither Scott nor I is a herpetologist, but we were both pretty sure the typical turtle isn’t capable of climbing a two foot high vertical concrete wall, and they’re not known for their jumping ability, either. I picked up the Blanding’s Turtle by the sides of his shell and placed him safely outside the fountain. Scott then used a piece of carpet to lift the Snapper out without losing any fingers. Hopefully they’re both smart enough not to walk back over wall again and get trapped again.
So about that wildlife we killed… it was self-defense, I swear. All those mosquitoes were trying to bleed us to death! Unfortunately, we didn’t make much of a dent in their population.
The Blanding’s Turtle was pretty easy to remove. It didn’t like it, but