Silver City has a variety of painted turtles and snapping turtles
Recent Sightings

July 3, 2015 - Masey lays her eggs on exactly the same spot later than normal. Very wet conditions this year.   She buries eggs
into two side by side holes.

May 30, 2013 - Masey has been spotted by the pond.

June 11, 2012 - Masey lays her eggs on the same spot as always.  Her visit is highly anticipated.  Unfortunately, once she lays her
eggs she leaves not to be seen for another full year.

July 5, 2011 - Masey was observed layinmg her eggs in exactly the same sport as last year.  As a matter of fact, she uncovered
the old egg shells and deposited the new eggs in the same hole.   It has been so wet this year, that she has moss growing on her
shell.    How is it that we never see her all year round except on late June or early July when she comes to lay her eggs!

Masey - July 5, 2011

June 29, 2011 - In the last few days many turtles have been observed.  A few snapping turtles and some painted
turtles.  With all the water we have had we now see them far away from water sources.   Two different turtles were
laying eggs near the gravel road.  We will keep an eye out for the hatchlings.

October 7, 2010 - Exciting news!  In the last few   days the eggs have been hatching and emerging from the nest.  The weather
has been really mild and that has contributed to the incubation.  It is known for turtle eggs to actually over-winter if the
weather is too cold.  This year, right on schedule, the eggs hatched after 90 days of incubation.

June 30, 2010 - Masey - a large and old snapping turtle - lays her eggs in the same spot as she did last year.  It is a very awkward
location but she comes back year after year like clockwork to lay her eggs.  By all accounts she has been laying eggs in this spot
for over 10 years.

  Masey - June 30, 2010

June 23, 2009 -  A mature snapping turtle was seen laying her eggs by the road.  Every year she lays her eggs in the same spot; in
the gravel next to the road under the old ponderosa pine that sits next to the pond.   She manages to dig on the hard packed
surface and then leave her eggs to hatch.  The eggs will hatch after three months.

     Masey - June 23, 2009
2011 - July 5th - Masey is laying her eggs
Picture Gallery:
June 11, 2012 Masey pays her yearly visit to lay her eggs by the road.