Earlier this summer, my husband added a garden pond to a small flower garden in our backyard. Although the garden is tiny, we have bird feeders, a bird bath, a small fountain, and now a small pond. The backyard is humming and buzzing with activity as my two youngest boys play and as our outdoor friends come to visit. A perk is that I can see it from my office window and it offers a pleasant brain break for me as I'm working throughout the day!
Not long after my husband installed the pond, he took a trip to a pet store and came back with a red-eared slider aquatic turtle. Now we have two! I have never been much of a turtle fan, but I have grown to love these little reptiles!
I have made a few observations of Yertle and Timmy over the last few weeks:
- They stick together often sunning themselves on the rocks. Timmy, the smaller of the two, will often lay his head on Yertle!
- They spend lots of time under water, away from the noise and distraction of the backyard. What are they thinking? Plotting a scheme to escape?
- Their aquatic home is small, yet they are quite content
- For the most part, they live in peace with 5 fish, 2 tadpoles, and an algae eater. Well, now the tadpoles are gone, so it was not so peaceful!
- They are cautious... always aware of their surroundings... their sense of smell and sight is much stronger than their hearing
- They are quiet and don't make a sound.
- They are careful observers.
|That's Yertle on the right!|
One can learn much from a turtle...
I don't have any turtle products- yet. But in honor of my new tadpoles (who are in a the barrel fountain and away from Yertle and Timmy) growing tiny legs, here's a Froggy FREEBIE for you!
If you know of any turtle picture books (besides Dr. Seuss) that my kinder and firstie sons would enjoy, please leave a comment!
Have a super-good weekend!!