I had posted pictures earlier in the summer of the turtles that came in for blackberry treats. The saga continues. I have had at least six different turtles, each with distinctive markings on their shells or heads or legs. There is a sweet little female three-toed box turtle that has become quite a regular. Until the last few days, she was happy with her blackberries, strawberries and grapes. But a couple days ago, she became frantic and actually crawled up past my hand and nearly into my lap looking for something else when what I was offering didn't meet her need. After trying everything I could think of in the refrigerator (grapes, cherries, blueberries, etc.) I discovered a small piece of watermelon I had left from dinner and wondered if it might hit the spot.
She chomped right into it (you can see the little beak marks in the piece I'm holding in the picture above where she bit it) and ended up eating the whole thing in very short order. She was absolutely desperate for the fluids, since we haven't really had any measurable rain around here since around the beginning of June.
Interestingly enough, I have made a little turtle watering dish that's low to the ground so they can reach it, but I guess it wasn't enough - or maybe it was the electrolytes and minerals she needed - who knows?
I'm just so relieved that I found something that worked for her, since earthworms, slugs, snails and grubs are in extremely short supply this year, right along with water. I also watered all the leaf piles in the back and front yards so that the turtles could find a cool, moist place to hide during the day (and maybe attract a beetle or two for them to eat).
In other news, it's my birthday! Look for a pretty little wrapped present, if you want to join the celebration this week. You know what's in the package, of course. :) I will be putting a few up every day, so if you miss one, try back again later! It's going to be a little like the Easter Egg Hunt, but with a less frenetic pace, since it will be going on all week. LOL!