We stopped to help this Snapping turtle cross the road today (something I have done numerous times before, very carefully!)
But when we got close to her, we realized she was busy laying eggs in a nest she'd dug in the gravel shoulder of the road. Awwwww! As you can see, she had been digging in another place on the shoulder as well.
Look at those nice round eggs....
I took a few photos and we let her be. It is a quiet road and I think most people around here try to avoid hitting turtles, so I hope she and her unhatched babies will all be okay.
It was really amazing. We were so lucky to come across her right in the process of laying.
Hope you all had a great weekend! Oh, and few more shots of Mama and her chick. I'll take the Nikon down and get some good photos soon...
Naptime! Chick is underneath her.