The craziest stuff always happens to me

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I went out this past Saturday to my spot. When I dug a signal, about 8 inches down, three of these weird looking "squishy" when I gently picked them up, orangish, half dollar sized, things fell out of the plug. Thinking there were some kind of seed or something I set them aside and used my probe on the hole. Nothing good, so I went to rebury the seeds and those things had grown a head, a tail and four legs in those few seconds. So I picked one up to look at it closer and it turns out it was three, I am assuming newly hatched, painted turtles. They were so cold they could barely move. I am not quite sure how they had gotten in my spot as there is no water nearby for the parents to live in, nor was the ground disturbed in any way, which would indicate a turtle digging a nest to lay eggs. Never had anything remotely close to this happening when metal detecting but I could tell you some stories about stuff that happened when fishing that involves snakes or another turtle.
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crashbandicoot

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I went out this past Saturday to my spot. When I dug a signal, about 8 inches down, three of these weird looking "squishy" when I gently picked them up, orangish, half dollar sized, things fell out of the plug. Thinking there were some kind of seed or something I set them aside and used my probe on the hole. Nothing good, so I went to rebury the seeds and those things had grown a head, a tail and four legs in those few seconds. So I picked one up to look at it closer and it turns out it was three, I am assuming newly hatched, painted turtles. They were so cold they could barely move. I am not quite sure how they had gotten in my spot as there is no water nearby for the parents to live in, nor was the ground disturbed in any way, which would indicate a turtle digging a nest to lay eggs. Never had anything remotely close to this happening when metal detecting but I could tell you some stories about stuff that happened when fishing that involves snakes or another turtle.
Anthony
That would qualify as unique!
 

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I think certain turtles bury their eggs away from a water source. I was going to the doctor one day and saw what I thought was a leaf on the ground. Only problem was it was moving by itself. Turned out to be a snapping turtle that just hatched. There was a pond about 100 yards away and across a parking lot. I gave him a lift back to the pond and went to my appointment.
 

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Wow, that is unique.
10 years ago I found a frog sharing the same hole with a Merc Dime. . . I took the dime and gently covered the frog back up with leaves and moist dirt.
 

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So did you rebury them or keep them? Inquiring minds....
 

Lanny in AB

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Crazy find indeed.

No gold coins in their mouths?:laughing7:

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I went out this past Saturday to my spot. When I dug a signal, about 8 inches down, three of these weird looking "squishy" when I gently picked them up, orangish, half dollar sized, things fell out of the plug. Thinking there were some kind of seed or something I set them aside and used my probe on the hole. Nothing good, so I went to rebury the seeds and those things had grown a head, a tail and four legs in those few seconds. So I picked one up to look at it closer and it turns out it was three, I am assuming newly hatched, painted turtles. They were so cold they could barely move. I am not quite sure how they had gotten in my spot as there is no water nearby for the parents to live in, nor was the ground disturbed in any way, which would indicate a turtle digging a nest to lay eggs. Never had anything remotely close to this happening when metal detecting but I could tell you some stories about stuff that happened when fishing that involves snakes or another turtle.
Anthony
Wow!!! Cool stuff!!
 
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I think certain turtles bury their eggs away from a water source. I was going to the doctor one day and saw what I thought was a leaf on the ground. Only problem was it was moving by itself. Turned out to be a snapping turtle that just hatched. There was a pond about 100 yards away and across a parking lot. I gave him a lift back to the pond and went to my appointment.
Yes, turtles usually do bury their eggs away from water.

<<<Mating Habits​

She may travel a few yards or a half-mile to find a suitable nesting site, often crossing fences, roads and yards. She digs a hole about six inches deep and deposits up to 11 eggs.>>>

There just is no water around where I am metal detecting. For at least two miles, which I feel is kind of extreme for a painted turtle. Also, odd about the nest, is the ground was completely un-disturbed, until I dug the plug.

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So did you rebury them or keep them? Inquiring minds....
I took the three turtles that fell out of the plug home with me. It was just too cold outside to leave them. I did not disturb the plug though, where I assume the rest of the nest was. I did replace that in hopes that the rest of the nest will dig its way out when it gets a little warmer.

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I took the three turtles that fell out of the plug home with me. It was just too cold outside to leave them. I did not disturb the plug though, where I assume the rest of the nest was. I did replace that in hopes that the rest of the nest will dig its way out when it gets a little warmer.

Anthony
How they doing?
 
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