Sunbathing Turtles, well... at least one of them.
This next turtle is a hatchling; you can see that it's smaller than the
freshwater mollusk shell it walked past on the way from its
buried nest to the lake:
are easy identify because of their pointed snout.
If you touch them, they have a soft leathery feel instead of a very hard
shell like the other turtles. (Wash your hands thoroughly if you do
Yes, turtles leave the water to lay their eggs. They dig a hole, lower
their rear end into it, lay their eggs, cover the hole up, and return to
the water leaving their young to fend for themselves when they hatch, if
they do. Raccoons
often dig up the eggs and eat them first.