Pedaled Pete Returns

by Darryl Lang

Yesterday on the Trail, just north of Laurel Rd I took this picture of “Pedaled Pete.”

That is the name I’ve given this Gopher Turtle that I’ve been seeing on the Trail for the past two years. I named him Pedaled Pete because the injury to his shell is about the same size as a bicycle tire and if you look closely you can see what look like tread marks!

I haven’t seen Pete in months and was worried that his time had come. So I was pleasantly surprised to see him yesterday.  And he must have been happy to see me too because he  let me take a lot of close up pictures without retreating into his shell!