Saturday, April 21, 2012

A critter in the hand...

One day I spotted this tiny red-eared slider making his way across the yard. We've found tiny shells, before, of baby turtles that didn't make it, but this guy was alive and well.
 I brought him inside to take a few quick photos. He's sitting on my drawing table.
 He was just a sweet little thing (even if he did pee in my hand).

After our mini photo session, I plunked him into the pond so he could begin his aquatic life.

Linking to Camera Critters

Thanks, Hilary, for selecting this post as a Post of the Week! :)

149 comments:

Montanagirl said...

OH my he's tiny! Cute little guy. Nice photos!

Karen said...

I just love these little turtles....

Sandra said...

so cute, great shots, i thought you built a white box for sure when i saw this. glad he has a pond to get in now that you had rain.

Melodie said...

Very cute!

DJan said...

Cute little guy! I would probably have peed in your hand, too, if I was a little thing and you so big! :-)

Maiu said...

Supercute! I once owned red-eared turtle, but he passed away many years ago...

Deb said...

oh cute...funny...on thursday Rooster was barking at the fence...which he rarely does...hubby went over to see what the commotion was...there was a turtle between our fence and our neighbors...a big turle...like dinner plate size...it finally backed up and went back to the neighbors yard...we think it might be a pet...

Jennifer said...

Sweet, so tiny & cute.

Charade said...

I'm glad you added the shots of him in your hand, as without that perspective I thought he was much larger. Love your photos of his armor - such beautiful detail, and fun to study.

Karrie said...

Sweetness!!! I love the second shot with his little head watching your every move! :)

SouthCoast Guy said...

even turtles can't get away from the paparazzi!

missing moments said...

Why is it that they always have to pee in your hand??? LOL! Hope it survives!

Fjällripan said...

So adorable!! I would love to see one myself :))

parker said...

Great find! Love to see a row of sliders sunning on a log in the middle of the pond.

edenhills said...

What a cute little guy!

Lois Evensen said...

How very sweet. I remember when we could buy painted "pet" turtles and kept them in flat jars. Then someone realized they could carry disease, or, perhaps the turtles spread that rumor so we would leave them alone!

Sheeps and Peeps Farm said...

How lucky that you spotted him! Wonderful photos. Thank you for helping him make it to the pond :)

ellen abbott said...

that's about the size Big Mama was when our son brought her home after fishing her out of a pond on a golf course. Her shell is about 11" now front to back.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, lucky him!! What delightful photos! I've never seen one quite this small! Hope you both enjoy the day!!

sweetdaysundertheoaks said...

He's a cutie!

Manzanita said...

Sweet little thing. One doesn't realize how tiny it is until you put it in your hand.

FOREST SNAPPER said...

nice pattern and colour in the shell of this wee thing

enjoy your day
Peter

Eyeliquor said...

Wonderful!

Mike said...

Did you skip him like a rock or serve him with lettuce and tomato? ;)

Clint said...

Ha. A few years and about 20 more pounds and you've got yerself a mighty fine soup.

JUST KIDDIN'!

Kathy said...

Too bad you couldn't paint some kind of mark on him to maybe identify him in the future! I can't think of anything that would last long enough.

Farm Girl said...

How awesome. I am glad you did that.
It is tiny. That is one of the things I love about back there seeing all of the turtles.

Michael said...

adorable...nature is a wonder

i beati said...

amazing size

EG CameraGirl said...

Cute little guy!

Icy BC said...

Such a sweet and precious critter! We used to have one..

Revrunner said...

Love it. Turtle models! Who would have thought. :-)

Changes in the wind said...

Love the picture of him in your hand...looks like he is peeking at you.

Carletta said...

That is so cool! He is a tiny little thing. Can't believe you spotted him.

Catherine said...

Awww! May he live a long and happy life!! :)
xo Catherine

rainfield61 said...

He is really a little baby.

ladyfi said...

OH, what a sweet little thing.

rkbsnana said...

Nice save. How do you know the names of all these things around your place?

barbara l. hale said...

Awwww! I'm in love. What a cutie!

islandwonder said...

So cute!Great photos!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,

Oh, we've held those babies in our hands too. So cute. In our pond, Pieter put a plank and sometimes four or five babies sun-bathe on it...
Wishing you a lovely weekend.
Love,

Mariette

Kerry said...

Awwwwwwwwwww. I used to have one for a pet, but I think he would have been happier in your pond. Here in OR red eared turtles are taking over the native species, so it isn't legal to keep them.

Your little friend is a beauty.

Inger said...

Your pond is priceless -- it bring you so much wonderful and varied wild life.

Sally said...

Now that IS tiny! I hope he has a wonderful life. :)

bailey-road.com said...

What a cute baby!

Kate said...

Using a hand for comparison purposes is wise and works!

Jeevan said...

Wow! How tiny and cute little turtle... You are so kind on him :)

Candy C. said...

Awwww.... :)

gowestferalwoman said...

WASH YOUR HANDS lol

Hes adorable! i love how you captured his "greenness" by using a light background - genius!

It's me said...

Oh what a sweetie....xxx..

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A genius photographer and a turtle saver to boot. Thanks Superwoman for sharing!! (He's adorable, even if ...)

Angela said...

He is so cute! I don't think I've ever seen a turtle that small before. Sweet! Now that's a turtle I think I would be able to pick up! lol I'm scared of the big ones.

Robin said...

T, glad you were able to rescue it!

Lorilee said...

I had one about that size as a pet for a few years. A friend rescued him from a parking lot. I let him go in our park duck pond.
Blessings,
Lorilee

Jo's World said...

When I was a kid, our local five and dime used to sell these tiny turtles for pets, I suppose. My grandpa bought me one, and another time my aunty did, and my Mom just sighed, got out the bowl, a rock he could climb on and some food (veggie stuff but they would also eat tiny bits of ground beef.)So they would mosey around their home dish, probably waiting for another turtle to show up. No wonder my favorite Seuss story is Yertle the Turtle!

Cheers,

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

polkadotpeticoat said...

Just the cutest....

Sue said...

We stop and help turtles crossing the roads and I guess turtles pee when they get frightened because I've had many of them pee in my hand.

Ginger said...

Isn't he the cutest thing!!! Think turtles are very interesting creatures.

holdingmoments said...

Well saved.
And he peed in your hand? There's gratitude for you lol

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Adorable!! Seriously, some wonderful, super adorable!!!

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Snapper II said...

Turtles are verry interesting.
They make great subjects for photo shoots in the swamp.
They are not easy to shoot though.
They have great vision I guess because they disapear quickly.

eileeninmd said...

He is a cute lil turtle. Great save!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Oh how tiny and cute.

That Janie Girl said...

Wow!! He is tiny! Hope he lives long and well!

Mama Zen said...

Sliders are so cute! We have a couple as pets.

Patty Woodland said...

Oooh, he was probably scared. Very cute, though

SweetMarie said...

He is adorable! Love the last pic where he's coming out of his shell. Last week my son helped a turtle. The turtle had made it across the street, but was looking for an opening in the chain linked fence. I thought he would just dig a hole. My son carried him to an opening so he could go under the fence. :)

Paula said...

Oh you know how I love turtles. Your's looks so clean, did you give him a shower? I guess mine are so mucky because of the cattle stirring up the water.

Crafty Gardener said...

cute little turtle

pattisjarrett said...

Oh, it is tiny! Isn't that just like nature, peeing on the hand that holds it?!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Oh, he's so little and so cute. I hope he lives a long life in your pond.

Marie said...

Oh, he is just too cute! I'm glad he made it and came to visit.

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely Turtle, so small as well. I smiled to know that it had pee in your hand, lol.

Andrew said...

Well done you x it looks so cute and when seen in your hand a lot smaller than I thought.

Susan said...

Awwww, how cute! I love turtles. I've never picked up one that didn't pee in my hand.

Jerry said...

wow 'he's' tiny!

Honest Abe said...

He sure is small. I don't remember seeing any this small. I assume he is a new baby?

Elaine said...

Very cute!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi TexWisGirl, Wonderful! I have not seen any turtles here at our pond and only saw two in three years at the lake house. Glad your little guy is well. Have a wonderful day tomorrow!

Wanda plain~N~simple said...

Aww, is'nt that the cutest little critter!

Filip Demuinck said...

Very very small, you would not think that from the first picture.

Greetings,
Filip

chubskulit said...

Very cute!

Birds of the same Feather..., have a great weekend!

Denise said...

Lovely little fella. A little pee in the hand is worth a few photos in the camera, or something like that ;)

Sandra said...

So tiny and already so cute!!! Hope you have a long life ahead of you, little darling:)

Ellie said...

Awe he is so tiny and oh so cute. I hope he does well!!!

latebloomerbuds said...

I LOVE turtles. Such a cute little guy. Michael and the kids used to catch turtles and hold races in the front yard of our house in Harbor Springs and Michael would be the MC of the race! We have videos of it. Adorable and great memories. Then they would release them back in the area where they caught them at the end of our street. Margie

Jill said...

So teeny tiny! He is adorable.

Judy @ daily yarns said...

Oh he's so tiny!

Ann said...

you have wonderful photos, and I have a wonderful story. I didn't really post it in full, because I don't have a photo.

When I was 19, I went to teach. A kid had given me this critter, and I had to go to class. Stupidly, I thought, if I turn it upside down, he would get away. And I left it on my desk.

Of course, when I came back, it was gone, and I ask my colleague seated infront of me , if he jokingly took it away. He kept saying, you are so stupid.

The bitter thing is, he died a few year ago. I am going back to that school after 38 years this year for their reunion.

Still have photo trouble.

Linda R said...

He is so tiny and cute.. Just adorable..

Ruta said...

Oh, he's so little! Didn't realize it at first!

Rose said...

He is a cute little fellow....

dr momi said...

I love the pic with him all tucked in on the palm of your hand....even if he did pee on it LOL!

Michelle said...

Such a cute, little fellow. We have found baby snapping turtles (yikes) in the yard before.

heyBJK said...

Wow, the first photo is deceiving! That sucker is tiny! How cute. At least the watch dogs didn't get it first.

Rita said...

What a treasure! I remember when they used to sell those at the pet shops. I'm glad they don't do that anymore. Or chicks and ducks--OMG!--dyed Easter colors!! It was all too cruel, I thought. this precious little one has a chance to grown up in your pond!! Hurray!! That made my day. :)

Tiago Braga said...

so cute, and so sweet!

A Quiet Corner said...

So he cannot be a whippersnapper then being so small!...:)JP

Pam said...

Cute as a bug-in-a-rug.. my grandmother use to say :)
Enjoy your weekend, Theresa.

Giga said...

Malutki, śliczny i dobrze, że go wrzuciłaś do stawu. Pozdrawiam.
A tiny, pretty and good that it gave to the pond. Yours.

Gone Country said...

Oh, it's so cute! I'm glad it was alive and well and will hopefully live a long life in the pond!

Cheryl said...

It's adorable. Live long and prosper little buddy.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Such a cute little slider!!

Randy said...

I would name him Speedy!

lisa said...

Oh my goodness, he's so tiny!!

Linda said...

What a tiny little fellow! Glad you rescued him!

Debbie said...

haha...he is a wee one!!

the hand really helped put things in perspective!!

Annette said...

He's very cute!

Fireblossom said...

He's cute! (But he needs turtle Depends!)

Tammy said...

Wow, he is so tiny! And cute! Great photos:)

Donna said...

I think if someone picked me up and held me in their hand, I'd pee too! Cute little booger!

Carole M. said...

how quaint, makes me think of a 'penny turtle' that I think I used to see in pet stores at one time, but are I think illegal to import now. This one is just a baby and will grow much bigger though?

Carole M. said...

ah; out to correct my earlier comment. I just did a little research on the so-called 'penny turtle' and it seems they're a myth, that they won't remain penny-sized forever at all, any turtle grows bigger when fed correctly.

Gillian Olson said...

I think that's the smallest turtle I have ever seen; glad you found it and put it safely in the pond.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

I love to look at the markings on turtle's shells. He's so small and cute!

Barbara said...

Oh, he's precious!!

Chris Rohrer said...

That is really cool. Very tiny little turtle:) Another cool reason to have a pond....:) Plus love the photo shoots. Putting the turtle in your hand really puts it all in perspective:) Good luck little buddy...hope you survive and enjoy the friendly waters:)Stay away from Cormorants and Herons for awhile:)

Bev said...

LOL... he is a cutie!!

SquirrelQueen said...

Oh how cute! I didn't realize how tiny he was until you showed him in your hand. Glad to hear he has water to play in now.

I've had bigger critters pee on me, at least that was a tiny amount (I hope).

Kamana said...

he is gorgeous!

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Goodness, I think we both had turtles on our mind today! Only mine would bite my thumb off if I tried to hold them!

CameraCruise said...

Great shots of the cute little guy.
He's so tiny.

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Fascinating little fellow.

Stewart M said...

Had a similar experience with a tiny tortoise in Turkey - it left me a more solid present on my hand - seems to be par for the course!

Stewart M - Australia

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Oh so sweet!!! I had a baby Red-eared Slider once. He came from Pennyrile and was not larger than a penny and so Pennyrile was his name. I kept him 3 years, until he was not so easy a wildlife fodder and then, he was gone~
I have had a box turtle 4 years now, she is really slow growing. She hibernates 4 months and she is just beginning to awaken once again;)

Angela Häring-Christen said...

He's so cute! Enchanting!
Have a nice sunday!
Angela

Tammy said...

He is adorable, and so tiny! How big will he get?

Meagane said...

ohhh... So cute.X)

Jan n Jer said...

How cute...glad you spotted it and put him your pond. My two oldest grands brought two baby sliders back from Fl a few years back. They got so big they had to give them up (to a good home with more room)

Betty Roan said...

What's a little turtle pee when a photo op is at stake?

Cat said...

Haha. That's funny and cute!!

Daffycat said...

He is such a cutie! A little shy, perhaps...but cute!

I used to work in a pet store. Every spring we would be inundated with people wanting to sell us baby red-ears!

georgettesullins said...

Tiny, fella.

wayside wanderer said...

They are so cute as babies and so amazingly tiny. Some are the prettiest shade of green, too.

bon bon said...

glad you spotted him before your patrol team did. :o)

Nancy Claeys said...

I think I might have had a turtle like this when I was a kid. Funny how I can't really remember... he's a cute little guy! :)

BlueShell said...

Oh...hello there, you tiny turtle!
I haven't seen you...

Hi Theresa...GOOOOOD morning and a have a wonderful week!

Bshell

Betty Manousos said...

tiny, cute little guy!

lovely shots!

xx

Furry Bottoms said...

Baron didn't go after this turtle did he?

Chatty Crone said...

He was really little. sandie

Chatty Crone said...

He was really little. sandie

Hilary said...

Just adorable. Every day that something doesn't pee in your hand is a bonus. ;)

laurak@forestwalkart said...

turtles!! what a little cutie! we've rescued a couple before like that...
i hope he's good at hiding...being that small...so many predators who just love the taste of turtle!! :/

Sandy said...

What a cutie!

Daryl Edelstein said...

I believe they pee because they are terrified ... congrats on a POTW!

Out on the prairie said...

i watched a pelican trying to eat one of the same size 2 days ago

Country Girl said...

Saw this on POTW. Love it!!

Dianne said...

brava on POTW
he's a cutie

Linda said...

I'm so glad you picked the little guy up and shared your photo session with us. May he live happily ever after in your pond. Congratulations on the POTW. Well deserved.

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