photos by Linda Conrad, Guest Services Manager
|Hatchling Painted Turtle|
For these reasons (and many, many others), each May 23, the entire world stops to pay tribute to them on World Turtle Day.
So, in honor of World Turtle Day and these special reptiles, VINS had a "return to the wild" party for some of our resident turtles. Each spring, snapping turtles and painted turtles emerge from the Ottauquechee River to dig nests and lay eggs in the meadows and fields at VINS Nature Center.
|Baby Painted Turtle....so tiny!|
|Tiny Painted Turtles serve as |
ambassadors for their species.
|A two-year old painted turtle makes his way toward the|
Ottauquechee River....for the very first time.
|A baby painted turtle, having just emerged from the nest,|
toddles into the river. Note the pine needles for scale....he's just a little guy!
And here's a baby wood frog....just because he's criminally cute.