Francine the softshell turtle laid some eggs 2018-05-30

Gretchen was working at the potting table under the end shelter when she noticed something odd right by the table. It was Francine, our friend the softshell tortoise, in from the woods, laying eggs in the same under the shelter.

Francine, Tortoise eggs

So we fenced the dogs out until she politely asked to be let out. Then I put a weighted crate over the eggs, to keep critters away. Apparently it takes 2-3 months for them to hatch, so we’ll see.

Crated eggs, Tortoise eggs

Francine could not have found a safer spot to spawn.