I know, I know, I disappeared. Well, big changes happened. I moved from Florida to Pennsylvania, we bought a house, and I contracted that awful infection called Strep from my kids, again. Most people get Strep for a few days, but because I am allergic to the medications best used to treat it I get it for about two weeks. Two weeks of misery. My throat still hurts! So anyways.
Today, we were out exploring the new world we’ve moved to, and I found this turtle, on the road. Now, if you know me, or even just have read my blog, you probably know that I couldn’t resist a rescue. So I pulled off, on the side of these rather scary mountain roads, and grabbed him. I didn’t know what kind of turtle he was, or if he belonged there, but I couldn’t let him be smashed. We loaded him into a bucket smaller than he was and brought him home to our creek, on our property. We called him Mint, on the suggestion of Casey. I don’t know why. I wanted to name him Herman. Oh well.
Anyways, he now has the option of swimming down the creek into the Swatara River, where, I’ve learned, is a great place for him. Maybe he’ll stick around a while first. It turns out he is a Wood Turtle of the classificati0n Glyptemys insculpta. They are a species of special concern in PA and are kind of unique in the turtle world.