“Turtle alert,” my wife called as she gazed out the kitchen window to report movement in our yard.” If I foolishly ignore the telephone because I am at some important role (like a video game), she repeats the alert louder and rapidly to sound like”turd alert” Something similar occurred with Hodor, a Game of Thrones character who occasionally got excited and repeated that he would keep a door closed.
Sure enough, a fair-sized terrapin turtle, with lozenge-shaped burnt orange marks on his shell, patrolled our lawn. Ever-so-often, he craned his neck to learn more range to support his quest for the elusive mushroom, a backyard delicacy which he craves. But a mild and steady rain will change this armored gourmet into”stud ” We can only assume that rain acts as an aphrodisiac in our terrapins. More of them leave the woods to play in our garden during a light rain, and we get to learn the purpose of character as the men comically mount the females.
Probably, on sunny days, we just see male terrapins. Anything but social then, they behave like they defend territory on those days, or they respond to a perceived theft of property. “Hey, that other turtle ate my mushroom!” Rarely do they fight. The bigger ones will run in the smaller ones, who quickly haul it in another direction. However, on rare occasions, two large turtles will participate in a staring contest. Their proximity appears as a measure of resolve. Their art of war: serious staring, serious lack of movement, and the tension in the air enters the house to affect my spouse.
“What are they doing now?” She fidgets throughout a Hallmark Romance chick flick. Unable to enjoy her show, she wears down the carpet to collect more turtle reports. Sometimes the turtle warfare of stares will last for hours before some restructure of land appears to occur. Then, we see all the big men patrol different turf in our garden… unless a mushroom comes into play.
At night, different animals begin their change: raccoons, foxes, possums, and owls. But our alert about seeing some of the other wildlife,”I view nature,” seems to suggest that the terrapin turtles have a special place in our own lives. I am happy that Australian Fitzroy River Turtles don’t visit. They breathe through their rear ends, a thing that I have placed in my”never want to see” list. #TAG1writer