Harvest Moon & Baby Snapping Turtle

I was at school last night trying to print off five copies of my thesis so that I can submit them this morning to the graduate office.

Harvest Moon
I had been watching the moon for the past few nights, and it was finally full!  It is also this year's Harvest Moon because it is closest to the autumnal equinox (September 22).  It is called the Harvest Moon because fruits and vegetables ripen near this time of the month (in the Northern Hemisphere), and back when there was no electricity, farmers would use the moonlight to harvest their crops.

Today, after photocopying a few more pages at school to have everything complete and ready, I saw this baby Common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) on the path next to the river.  I quickly dropped everything and snapped many photos of it.

Baby Common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

Baby Common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

This was how small it is.

Me sitting on the path quickly attracted a few curious souls about what I was photographing.

Student putting his hand next to it for scale.

Baby Common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

Baby Common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina)
I originally was going to put it closer to the grasses and not right on the path, but this little fellow seemed to know what I was thinking and started to move itself.  I then took the following video of it walking to the grass and burrowing itself into the ground.

It was a pretty exciting moment, on top of the fact that I finally submitted my thesis and now can move on with other projects going on in my life.  I'm definitely going to miss moments like this here at Trent.

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