I got a rare treat this weekend. I saw a species of wildlife that I've never seen before. In my lifetime, I've seen many Painted Turtles in the wild, as well as a few Snapping Turtles. But on Friday, I saw a Spotted Turtle. These turtles are native to the southern NH, but their population has degraded severely over the past 25 years due to the destruction of their habitat. For that reason, they have been placed on the endangered species list. Also, this is one of the turtle species that drove the cool "Turtle Crossing" signs that the New Hampshire Fish and Game put up in my home town. Below are some pictures. Also, a snapped a picture of a Painted Turtle laying some eggs in my lawn...but obviously was s survivor of an attack or something. Enjoy the pics!
Spotted Turtle in my driveway
I saw this one later in the evening...I think it's the same one based on the spot locations...seems to be the same pattern.
This poor guy, looks like he had a rough life with his shell being cracked...but he's doing his part laying eggs in my lawn!