It was a turtle-ishous sort of day! I was riding along the trail and I saw this little guy first:
|He/she is a little Snapping Turtle. It was just bigger |
than a quarter and a bit smaller than a fifty cent piece.
|I picked him up with my jacket, I have no idea|
if they bite at this size, and moved him off the trail.
Since he was right in the path for walking/biking I moved him off the trail and into the grass. I actually had to stand over him to keep him from getting hit by a second bicyclist. He was only about 4 feet from the creek when I set him down. Good deed done, I set off down the trail. A few blocks away I saw this:
|A large mud turtle! I would say just smaller than a|
manhole cover. 18 inches maybe?
I keep my distance from this turtle. I don't think it needed any help. Though, I also did not want to draw too much attention to it. I did not want it to get hurt. I think this the largest mud turtle that I have ever seen. (As a side note: the largest Snapper I have ever seen was about three feet across and I got out of its way!)
Miles Today: 12.01
Total Miles 2013: 367.5
Total Miles National Bike Month: 210.31
Total Miles for National Bike Challenge: 210.31Days in a row: 48