A few minutes ago our dog was barking at a small turtle in the back yard and it reminded me about my favorite encounter with a turtle years ago. We get them in the yard quite often because of a nearby pond, but this one was special. They are most often looking for places to safely lay eggs, and we found this one in the middle of dropping them in the very neat hole she had just dug. It was fascinating to watch, and may be something that we never see again. I hope they hatched and visit us from time to time as adults!