Sunday, May 23, 2010
The Turtle and the Strawberry
This weekend I was putting out some fruit for the birds (didn't get any takers) when I stumbled upon this Eastern Box Turtle (a relatively common sight in this area, though it is a species of Special Concern in NYS). I wanted to take some photos of it with my macro so I put it on the outdoor table adjacent to the fruit. I went to get my lens and when I came back he decided to have a snack. I watched as he munched away most of the strawberry and was laughing most of the time. If you have never seen a turtle eat, especially eat something bigger than it's head, it's an amusing sight. Add to that all of the strawberry juice that was getting on his face and well I'm sure you'll laugh too. After it had devoured most of the strawberry, I set it free in the yard and will hopefully stumble upon him again soon. For those concerned about me "feeding" a wild animal, let me state that Eastern Box Turtles are incredibly omnivorous and will eat anything they can catch up to. They even have the ability to eat mushrooms that are toxic to humans and the strawberry it ate on is just a giant version of the wild strawberrys that grow in my yard.