Saturday, May 16, 2015

Oh my! A Baby tortoise!

We’ve seen some huge Gopher Tortoises here in Florida.

IMG_4583

Imagine our surprise to come across a baby on the Halpata Tastanaki Preserve trail last month.

IMG_4582

Hubby had on his big size 12 hiking boots and almost stepped on him. Look how he tucked up in his shell.

IMG_4588

We took a few photos and placed him on the other side of the trail in a safe place.

IMG_4591

What fun to get this close to nature!

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE.

49 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello Diane, what a cute baby turtle. I believe the Gopher Tortoise was having trouble in Florida, possible habitat loss? Great find and photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

Susie said...

Diane, I love that tortoise. So cute how he was all tucked into his shell. Good for your husband putting him out of harm's way. Hope you have a great weekend, Blessings, xoxo,Susie

kathyinozarks said...

too cute

Kelly-Anne said...

Oh, how sweet, Dianae! I love baby tortoises...they're not quite so scary as those big ones! :)
Have a wonderful weekend further!
Love,
Kelly-Anne

Jane and Chris said...

Oh, how sweet! I used to have a pet tortoise (Ben) when I was a child. I cried so much when Ben died.
Jane x

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Oh that is so adorable. Hope you're feeling better my friend. Enjoy your weekend. xo

Arlene said...

What a cute little guy!!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

I've never seen a turtle or tortoise in the wild - what a treat.

Margaret Adamson said...

A wonderful find. Glad he was not squashed by the size 12's. Have a wonderful weekend.

Catherine Holman said...

How cute!

TexWisGirl said...

precious little thing.

Diane said...

How neat! My daugher thought it was "so cute!"

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

What a tiny little critter, so glad you moved it to a safer place.

Montanagirl said...

Hi Diane - what a fun find - he's so cute!!

Mildred said...

Cute as can be! So thankful you saw him and put him in a safer place. Take care and enjoy your day.

Stacey said...

So tiny and cute! I'm glad you shared this little sweetie today. Have a great weekend!

Home Meadows said...

What a sweet tortoise. It's fun to find the unexpected on a walk or hike. Have a great day, Heather

Terra said...

He is cute all tucked in for safety; how marvelous is his design.

laurie said...

aww, he looks like he's praying!

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

That was lucky! How cute and vulnerable he is. I'm glad he is safe now. Have a great weekend xx

Carla from The River said...

Wow, what a fun find. :-)
Makes the hike so fun and a great extra to put in the journal.
xx oo
Carla

20 North Ora said...

He was really tiny!

Judy

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I'm glad this baby didn't get stepped on and your hubby carried it to safety.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

awwww...I LOVE turtles!! So happy that your hubby didn't walk on the turtle!!! I try to "save" them when they cross the road by my home!
warmly,
deb

PseudoShrink said...

So adorable!

Vee said...

Hope that you put him on the side of the road he was heading for! He's a perfect baby turtle. I'm sure that he has already had lots of adventures.

Debby said...

Sweet little guy. I hope he gets to where he needs to be. He must have been afraid of those big shoes.

Marie C said...

How cute! What a wonderful find!

Primitive Stars said...

Evening, oh my, how sweet is that little guy, love him.Blessings Francine.

Chris Loehmer Kincaid said...

He is just precious.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

He is a cute little thing! I hope he has a long and happy life.

I hope you're feeling much better now! I am way behind on blogging lately, it's just been so busy around here, but I did read about your fall and I was glad to read that nothing was broken! Take care of yourself and have a nice Sunday!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Cute little turtle!

Linda Walker said...

Hi Diane,
Another nice hike! The best part of hiking is all the little surprises along the way! Nature sure does provide! The little turtle was very sweet!
Xo
Linda

Nancy's Notes said...

Aww, how cute it that!!!

NanaDiana said...

Oh- How cute is that! When our kids were little they picked a HUGE snapping turtle up and put him in our swimming pool when we lived in FL. Why they didn't lose an arm is beyond me. xo Diana

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Oh my gosh, how sweet!

Kathy said...

What a treat to find!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

What a cute little baby. Wonderful pics!
~

Susan said...

I always feel like I'm on the hike with you. What a cute little guy you came across...my grandson would have loved this hike! XOXO

bailey-road.com said...

So tiny and cute.

Jeanne said...

Wow! He has a long dangerous road to become an adult.

podso said...

He blended in pretty well with the trail--good eyes to notice him. He's so tiny!

Mary Cromer said...

How wonderful a find. I have a Box Turtle that I found as a hatchling. In 34 years on this land, the only one found as many are taken by Raccoon's when so little. One day Brooke shall be set free, but at going on about 7, she is still considered their fodder.

Conniecrafter said...

So cute, glad you spotted him before someone else may have stepped on him, I bet he feels safer where you put him :)

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Awww, what a cutie, glad you saw him and could put him in a safer place.

Sam I Am...... said...

What a cutie but just be careful as they can carry salmonella, I think.

Linda H said...

What a little cutie!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Aweeee - adorable!!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

BTW- Like the sea turtles --- wonder how many gophers make it to adulthood?