Trapped!

We mostly catch critters at night so in the mornings when I go out to tend to the chickens, I’m always halfway afraid to see what’s in the trap.  I guess my biggest concern is we’ll catch a skunk.  One morning this week there was nothing in the trap so I just left it alone.  About mid-morning I went out to get eggs and noticed the trap was sprung but couldn’t see what was in there til I got right up to it.

Not exactly the chicken eating, garden destroying type critter I was trying to catch!  Could someone please let me outta here?

Those nosy chickens!  They’re watching every move I make and wanting to know what was going to happen to the turtle.

I let him out

And he took his sweet time about walking away.  That’s how turtles move, you know . . slowly!  He’s probably stuffed since he ate a ton of the marshmallows, which is what I use for catching raccoons!

Of all the things I expected to catch in the trap, catching a turtle never entered my mind.

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    Gwynette says

    Box turtles will nibble on melons, cucumbers and veggies they can reach. We had to put our Jack Russell in our fenced garden to locate what was doing the damage and he found the turtle under the cantaloupe vines, munching away. We figure he got in when DH had the fence at the end pulled back to bring in the tractor tiller. Vince’s fence looks good and tight, so your turtle will probaby go hungry!!

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    says

    We had one moseying across our yard not too long ago. Looked just like this guy too………nah, too far to go from Baton Rouge!

    I’m with you, never would have figured a turtle!

    glen

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    Mary Beth says

    That guy would love your tomatoes, and many other veggies in your garden.

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    laceflower says

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    says

    We had a visit last week….a snapping turtle decided to sleep for the night right out my front door….I was letting puppy out for the night and there she was…..she was a mama lying eggs in the soft dirt, I’m sure soon we will have the baby snapping turtles making there way to the river.

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    says

    Maybe Mr. Turtle wanted a ride to the country—he’s watched other animals get a lift probably and thought it might make a nice outing for the day (or year, it would take a long time for him to hoof it back).

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    says

    You might want to watch your garden for plants eaten by the turtle. My sister who lives in Missouri has a terrible time with turtles so has another electric fence wire about 4 inches from the ground to deter them. Would never of thought of turtles eating my garden here in Nebraska.
    Lynn

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    SandyK says

    I found a thirsty turtle this morning also. Had the hose in my hand and gave him a drink. It hasn’t rained here for weeks and weeks now. Figured he was probably hungry too, so I gave him a couple cherry tomatoes. Plenty for all. Left him roaming around the garden, wonder what he’s up to now 😉 My chickens would love to be in his shoes now!

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    says

    I am constantly amazed by the wildlife you have just wandering around! And I’m whinging about fox cubs and squirrels and blackbirds/robins!

    That tortoise/turtle (not sure of the difference, turtles swim and tortoise’s don’t?) looked like it had some damage (holes in the side – someone’s been taking a bite?) and as though someone had patched up his shell at the top – but it’s hard to tell from a photo. He looked pretty healthy despite that though.

    In the UK it would definately be a mislaid pet – we’d be taking it to the vet to see if it had a chip and was a runaway (well stroll away) as they aren’t indigenous to us and cost hundreds of pounds to buy. They can travel some distances, I have a friend whose tortoise Daisy disappeared from the lawn one day, the following year it was found 5-6 miles away with some old road accident damage, she was chipped, so could be returned to my friend, who then spent a LOT of money dealing with it’s kidney problems – turns out escapees often don’t drink enough. Glad all I have is a cat!