Back in mid December 2013 I was gifted a yucatan box turtle. A friend received it but was willing to part with it, and knew I had been looking. This turtle is named ‘Turtle’
I enjoy tremendously going out in the garden and seeing Turtle out there moving about, exploring. I frequently take treats for Turtle, tomato, apple, papaya, mango…
In March I was contacted by a friend who owns a house here but has returned to the USofA. She now rents her house and had concerns for her turtle who lived in a small interior strip of garden in which the tenant had just recently cut down most of the plants.
I made arrangements with the tenant, searched out, and relocated ‘Burtle’ to my garden.
Burtle is a furrowed wood turtle (Rhinoclemmys areolata)
I was starting to worry, because although weeks will sometimes pass that I don’t see Turtle, I hadn’t seen Burtle since I released her to the garden. That is until 3 days ago.
I tend to wake before dawn, and once dawn arrives Mariposa and I go out back, we wander the garden, checking it out, looking for turtles, and listening to bird songs. 3 days ago, I was stupefied when I spied Burtle! I grabbed her up and came racing to the house with her to grab my camera and some treats. I returned to the garden with Burtle and treats, and then spied Turtle! Oh My!
I placed them both in the grass near each other with the treats and took some fotos. After a bit they each took off, in different directions. I think this was the first time they’d met.
Then yesterday afternoon, I was again out on garden walk about, I do this quite a few times during the day, gets me off my arse in front of the computer. And oh my gosh, there were both Burtle and Turtle, together, under a large flowering ginger. I was thrilled.
Imagine my surprise when on out early morning walkabout this am I spy both of them again, together.
I think they’ve become friends!