Will you mow around that area? Just curious. Will watch the babies hatch and go to the water? We watched them hatch on the beach one night and crawl into the gulf. It was one of those once in a lifetime things for me.
No bs, there's been one do that in the same 5ft radius year after year at my dad's place for the last 20 years, at least. We've always assumed it was the same turtle, and always cover it with a milk crate for a while after she leaves. We've seen em break dirt a dozen times.
About 100 yards from the lake, so we've also helped em to the water several times
Do us all a favor, kill mom, destroy her nest. Sliders are invasive species. Pet stores selling cute pet turtles that people get tired of the mess and stink, then turn them loose.
Its right in a category with asian carp, zebra muscles, bush honey suckle flowering pears, stinkbugs, the list goes on
That Wikipedia entry was most likely written or edited (anybody can) by somebody out west where they’re not native/endemic and have become invasive. Sliders are native to the southeast, including Kentucky.
I’m not 100% sure that is a slider but it’s head isn’t fully extended to see if it had the red stripe on the sides of the head.
For a few years we had a big momma slider trying to lay eggs in our front yard. We live on a river bank, but even so our yard wasn't a good place for a nest with the dogs and cats. I caught her in time and took her to a more sheltered area down the road and turned her loose 3 years in a row until she gave up on our place.