The night had been cool and the sun was out so lots of painted turtles were basking:
But the really interesting thing happened next. While slowly walking along the boardwalk I saw some splashing in the water. I for some reason started thinking "Otter" but when I looked through my binoculars I could see it was something stranger:
That's right, Snapping Turtles mating! I got a couple videos of it too:
That went on for about 30 minutes and at one point one of them even hissed...afterwards they spent some time thinking bout what they had just done:
Snapping Turtles will be out laying eggs in a couple weeks or so. If you see any turtles or herps at all be sure to report them to the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas.