HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT SNAPPING TURTLES? A gargantuan female Chelydra serpentina stopped by here yesterday (just as one does every spring), for the sole purpose of laying eggs. I can’t say I cherish such visits. But how do you shout “Get off my lawn!” to a creature with powerful jaws and a killer instinct? (Click all photos for full effect.)
After moving on to the Serpentine Garden, she laid more eggs next to a variegated hosta. If I knew how to communicate with a snapping turtle, I would have asked her to dig a few holes for my newly purchased Viburnums.
Although I loathe adult snapping turtles, I find the babies adorable. When these hatch in August, they seek out the nearest body of water. This means either the swimming pool or the fountains in the Rose Garden. As in previous years, I will rescue those I find, and carry them down to the Hudson River tributary that runs behind my property. This way they can live out their long, murderous lives.