A picture’s worth a thousand words. I try to limit myself to 600 words per post, so I add a few pictures in the hopes that doing so boosts my daily word count. That totally works, right? Anyway, this post was inspired by Cassie who looked for hidden tortoises in yesterday’s post. Because she knew there simply must be one. It was my post, after all.
My zoo works with bog turtles, a species endangered due primarily to habitat loss and collection for the pet trade. The keepers hatch the eggs, grow the babies for a couple of years, and then release them at the site where the eggs were found. When they hatch, bog turtles are the size of a june bug, and it takes them 10 years to reach breeding size (they top out at about 4 inches).
There is a turtle in the picture below. I can see it. Can you? It’s there. I’ll post a close-up this weekend.
By my count, this post is about 1200 words long, right?
Wild, crazy update: there are TWO turtles in this picture! All this time, I thought there was only one baby in this enclosure, and when I zoomed, I discovered a second! Who knows what other surprises are hiding?