I recognized this female as one who typically spends her summers feasting on fallen tomatoes. Last year she had a decided preference for the taste of Early Goliath. I made sure there was always a ripe tomato on the ground for her dining pleasure.
infections are usually a sign that the turtle is in poor health. I hated the thought of losing a friend I’ve
known for so long.
It was just closed.
The turtle was hosting a party of Allegheny Mound Ants. The ants didn’t seem to be biting. They were just investigating, as they would
with any other stationary object found in their territory.
The turtle had stopped right on top of a
foraging trail and every ant to come along climbed on. I’m wondering if the ants might be performing
a cleaning service for the turtle. They
might be checking the turtle over for parasites or other hitchhikers and
removing those undesirable pests. The
turtle stayed in place for another ten minutes and then wandered away. If it had really been bothered by the ants, I
figure it would have moved on much sooner.
stayed still long enough, they would probably clean me down to the bone. The ants are fast moving and biting when on
my feet, but they are calm and searching when on the turtle. I think the ants and the turtle have a special
relationship going on.
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