When the fellow who cuts our lawn arrived today, he let us know there was a turtle in our laneway. Then another friend showed up and told us the same thing. So I went down to see what was up...
...and found a Painted turtle. We are supposed to have Midland Painted turtles around here, but I thought the under-side looked more like that of an Eastern Painted turtle:
I submitted the sighting to the Toronto Zoo Adopt-a-pond Turtle Tally, along with a photo, so with any luck they'll figure it out. (Thanks, Sarah, for pointing out that program to me!)
My herpetologist friend Roger Repp thinks this would be a girl, since they are the ones roaming about at this time of year (mating season.) But there's something special about this one. Can you tell what it is?
She only has one eye! I don't know what happened, but at some point she sustained some injury to her left eye, which has healed over. She seems to be doing just fine without it.
Because she was in danger of being mowed by the lawn guy, run over in our laneway, or squashed by a tractor, I moved her down near the creek that runs through out property.
Gordon snapped some pics while I was doing that.
Must be tough with only one eye. I hope things go okay for her in life.