Some (turtles) are born great, some (turtles) achieve greatness, and some (turtles) have greatness thrust upon them (when I catch them and put the in my blog for perpetuity)! -Twelfth Night-apologies to The Bard
My mother has been terribly remiss keeping up with turtle inventory. Please note that I didn’t just say MY turtle inventory. And the reason is… there are now TWO turtle inventories which must be documented. Of course this means that each one must be properly numbered, photographed and of course attributed to the proper hunter.
Documentation is paramount! Two you question? Yes! My protege, Miss Sophie E. Peach, is now totally hunting on her own! I am so proud! In fact, she has become almost as powerful as I, which has caused Mom to only be able to take us out one at a time, unless Dad is present.
When Sophie came to live with us she was afraid of turtles! Seriously? (Yes, I have video proof) I thought, “GEEZE, how did we get stuck with this whimpy “pig dog?” (endearing word for bullterrier) Mom told me to be patient because I might be surprised if I’d give her a chance AND it wouldn’t hurt if I tried to teach her. I pondered this idea for some time. It might actually be fun to be a team. She is somewhat of a shrimp, terribly pigeoned toed and flat footed, ( I have beautiful, proper “cat” paws), but she does have my color, facial markings and well, the little scamp is quite endearing- that is when she isn’t trying to nip my legs!
I thought about that too, perhaps she is bored and some strenuous turtle hunting might be just the ticket! With that thought, my decision was made. I would teach “Sophie the Brat” to turtle hunt.
First she would need to get the scent down. I wondered if she would have drive, but I had a plan. It would of course be necessary for Sophie Peach to escort me on a few hunts, so that she could get down my technique and learn to pick up the scent of the turtle. Getting the scent down is paramount. If she hunts anything other than the acceptable quarry, in this case the Eastern Box Turtle, it’s called “riot” and that is NOT acceptable! Whether or not she’d be biddable would be questionable.
Turtles are terribly fascinating! Please note that their backs and bottom plates have different patterns- much like a human fingerprint. They can also live a really, really long time. Below talks about “fortunate” box turtles. Just think, some my turtles may have been born when Walker House was built -92 years ago! I am taking particularly good care of them and my CRT PROGRAM (catch, release and tag ) is positively on the cutting edge of Caddo Parish Turtle Science.
Since then we have broken records! We are hot! We are on fire! We are the dynamic turtle duo! We do have a bit of trouble with the term “hold hard”!
THUS THE TOTAL TERRIFIC TURTLE TALLIES are as follows:
Miss Sophie – SIX
Mr. Kippers- FORTY FIVE