Yesterday, the 4 year old found a baby painted turtle crawling down the sidewalk a few doors down from home.

We don’t exactly live in the wild, it’s an older neighborhood with lots of trees, but not the best place for a turtle to grow up. So, not wanting the little guy to end up smashed under a car tire, we decided to take him under our wing for a few days.

We’re going to ask around to see if our neighbors are short an amphibian. A guy who used to live across the street had a few pet turtles, but they were bigger, and he moved out a few months ago. I doubt it’s one of his.
If no one else claims the turtle, the plan is to release him at a nearby nature preserve that has plenty of wetlands.