Hiya! Just a quickie post to show you what I dug up in the garden yesterday. I was digging a hole to plant a new tomato bush and uncovered this little guy by accident. He was completely lifeless and I assume he must have wintered right there in my garden and still in hibernation. We clicked a few photos and buried him again. My husband went outside a little while later and discovered he had awakened and moving around. By the time I got back from an errand, he was out of sight.
Look at his beautiful carapace. (*) When I first saw him in the hole I was digging, I thought he was a little child's toy. The people that lived here before us, had little children and I'm always unearthing little treasures they left behind.
Here is a close-up. I'd never seen such a tiny turtle before, nor found one in our yard. If he finds his way to our pond, I hope he doesn't eat the fish!
Thanks for letting me share. I'll be back tonight with the first of the Gina K preview peeks. Have a great day!
*edited to add: Oops, I thought the underside of the turtle shell was called the carapace, but that is the name for the upper part. The bottom part is called the plastron. Sorry!