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Published on May 7, 2012
I find Western Painted Turtle hatchlings (in Minnesota) from the end of April until mid May. This year (2012) I found two in early April; I almost stepped on one in an apartment house parking lot. Spotting them is usually easy. I'm up high in the vehicle, I "keep my eyes moving" and I know what they look like. The reason you find them in the spring is cool- or maybe cold. The female lays her eggs in a hole that she digs probably less than a foot deep in the summer months. They then stay there until they hatch... easy huh? It might be if they hatch before winter, but remember in Minnesota the ground freezes solid several feet down in the winter. That means the eggs/unhatched turtles were frozen solid until the ground warms in the spring. April showers bring May turtles... You can read more about them here in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_... My turtle Dutch can be seen here: http://www.ukesterbrown.com/my-rants-... The video was shot with my Flip camera.