Today I had my first encounter with this clandestine creature! It was a large, healthy female who remained calm as I measured her carapace length and body weight. She represents the future of the turtle population, each clutch producing 3 to 11 eggs from May to July during nesting season. Sexual maturity isn’t attained until turtles are around 8 years old. Larger females like this one can be between 30 to 40 years old. What an amazing ectotherm to behold!