Link). When I saw that fall temperatures would finally be here after two weeks of warm weather and rains (when baby turtles are more likely to leave the nest) and they still didn't show up, I thought it was time to dig to see if they hatched. The herpetologist warned me that I could find them all dead, but, in case I found them alive and wanted to increase their chances of survival, I could raise them indoors. It was an exciting surprise to count nine perfect baby turtles, which I didn't expect since I only saw the turtle mother laying seven eggs. The herpetologist was also surprised to hear the news, especially knowing that our summer had been quite hot and fairly rainless but I told him that I had watered the area many times to cool down the soil and provide moisture for the eggs. It worked! Can you imagine how much amusement it has been to have ten baby turtles (nine plus one that hatched from incubation) in a terrarium in the house? :-)"/> Link). When I saw that fall temperatures would finally be here after two weeks of warm weather and rains (when baby turtles are more likely to leave the nest) and they still didn't show up, I thought it was time to dig to see if they hatched. The herpetologist warned me that I could find them all dead, but, in case I found them alive and wanted to increase their chances of survival, I could raise them indoors. It was an exciting surprise to count nine perfect baby turtles, which I didn't expect since I only saw the turtle mother laying seven eggs. The herpetologist was also surprised to hear the news, especially knowing that our summer had been quite hot and fairly rainless but I told him that I had watered the area many times to cool down the soil and provide moisture for the eggs. It worked! Can you imagine how much amusement it has been to have ten baby turtles (nine plus one that hatched from incubation) in a terrarium in the house? :-)"/>

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Caption: During the entire summer, no baby turtle ever emerged from the spot where I saw a (painted) turtle laying eggs for the first time and in my yard (Link). When I saw that fall temperatures would finally be here after two weeks of warm weather and rains (when baby turtles are more likely to leave the nest) and they still didn't show up, I thought it was time to dig to see if they hatched. The herpetologist warned me that I could find them all dead, but, in case I found them alive and wanted to increase their chances of survival, I could raise them indoors. It was an exciting surprise to count nine perfect baby turtles, which I didn't expect since I only saw the turtle mother laying seven eggs. The herpetologist was also surprised to hear the news, especially knowing that our summer had been quite hot and fairly rainless but I told him that I had watered the area many times to cool down the soil and provide moisture for the eggs. It worked! Can you imagine how much amusement it has been to have ten baby turtles (nine plus one that hatched from incubation) in a terrarium in the house? :-)

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17. belletrouvaille
3:50 AM GMT on December 19, 2012
Dorothy, thank you so much for thinking of me. What a touching story. My heart cries for the tortoises and turtles. I am sorry I missed your visit. (don't know what happened with the red Mailbox)

James, I am so glad you found the babies! One died a month ago (he wasn't eating at all), but nine are still the cutest things I have ever seen. (don't tell my dog)
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16. gardner48197
5:07 AM GMT on December 18, 2012
Such a great story, love it!!
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14. belletrouvaille
2:17 AM GMT on October 31, 2012
Oh, Julie, this is the best compliment ever, thank you and thank you for your enthusiastic support and excitement on the babies!

Kim, if I told you that I shrieked with joy when I saw them, would you believe me? I still think they are super cute!
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13. hoecat
4:15 AM GMT on October 12, 2012
Oh my, these are soooooo cute !!!! I love baby turtles !!!
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12. MTDisk
3:37 AM GMT on October 12, 2012
This is one of the COOLEST positive outcomes I've seen Belle! I am just so excited for you and most of all the babies! You're the best turtle mom ever!! Kudos to you!! And THANK YOU for sharing this series with us!!
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11. belletrouvaille
3:27 AM GMT on October 12, 2012
Julie, how nice of you to come back and check on Tama's (the one that hatched from incubation) siblings! Time??? If I had one wish, I would choose time but this commitment is so worthwhile. I am totally hooked on the babies!
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10. MTDisk
4:03 AM GMT on October 11, 2012
This is AMAZING!! Kudos to you to find the time, and commitment, and caring to go forth!! Simply amazing!!!
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9. belletrouvaille
12:52 AM GMT on October 10, 2012
Oh, wow, look at all this feedback! Thank you so much, Wilma, Ivan, Charlotte, Kathy, Colleen, Jerry, Eileen, and Timothy, for looking and leaving your thoughtful comments!

Wilma, if I had not dug them up, they could have died in the coming winter or become prey to other animals. I guess you could say that they were in early hibernation since, while they stay underground, they don't eat. By the way, the babies were in a chamber whose top was just two inches below the ground, much higher than the depth the eggs were laid.

Jerry, no need to say sorry, you are not being a spoiler. I had the thought of leaving it to mother nature countless of times but it was really a tough call being the eggs laid in my yard.

Eileen, I was really lucky to be able to have access and bug the herpetologist who works for the Massachusetts Wetlands Conservation Department as much as I needed. After all, I am a novice turtle mother!
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8. pokparentof2
4:33 PM GMT on October 09, 2012
Wonderful shot, and wonderful story!
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7. KittenEileen
7:44 AM GMT on October 09, 2012
awesome adventure...glad you can have access to information from "The herpetologist warned me that I could find them all dead, but, in case I found them alive and wanted to increase their chances of survival, I could raise them indoors." So there you go with your heart...
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6. cobofthemob
5:32 AM GMT on October 09, 2012
Sorry to be a spoiler but you should have not watered or uncovered the eggs. Mother nature has a way of sorting out the weak.
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5. NatureGirlsBabies
2:19 AM GMT on October 09, 2012
WOW! What fun to be able to watch and help these little ones grow. Great shot Belle.
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4. ChrisAnthemum
1:15 AM GMT on October 09, 2012
That's just great! Have fun! I kept a young painted turtle for two or three years, through the winters as well, so I know it can be done. Thanks for sharing this update, Belle!
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3. llpj04
12:49 AM GMT on October 09, 2012
What an interesting touch with nature!
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2. kippic
12:40 AM GMT on October 09, 2012
How exciting. A great find hope you can keep them all alive.
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1. Kennebunker
12:36 AM GMT on October 09, 2012
Whoo Hoo! Way to go, Belle! Congratulations on your successful nurturing of these little turtles. What would have happened had you not dug them up? Were they in early hibernation?
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May 19, 2010: I carry my camera everywhere since I never know what I will encounter on my way. That is why I added "trouvaille" (good find) to my name. Didn't my dog find a good one to cuddle by? It had been a long sleep since I decided to post on WunderPhotos. (it still took me a month after I registered with it) This is more fun than Facebook! (though I have never had a Facebook account) Thank you for all your amazing photos that have inspired me day by day! Notes: 1. I don't edit my photos other than slight cropping, though I am aware of the old ways of changing results in the darkroom and admire what people can do nowadays on the computer. 2. With very few exceptions, I post photos in a series in chronological order from left to right and don't jump dates back and forth.

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