Advertisement Today, as I sometimes do, I decided to go wandering around a bog (it had some bushes, but it was mostly . I didn't find what I was looking for--I hoped to find Sarracenia (pitcher plants) in flower, but it seems it not yet the season, because I found a bunch of plants but no flowers. In any case, one thing I did find was two empty turtle shells on elevated beds of sphagnum, one of which still had some leftover tissue. I read David Attenborough's reptile book several years ago, and one thing he mentioned is that tortoises that get flipped over sometimes overheat, because they sometimes can't get back up and leave. My assumption is that these turtles got out of the river that flows through the bog, wandered around in the bog, couldn't find their way back, and died from overheating. This seems like a pretty awful way to die. A bit later, I found a live turtle, also sitting on a raised sphagnum bed. It wasn't moving--it had retracted into its shell. When I tapped a leg the turtle moved it a bit. I decided to move it to the river. I would have liked to return it to the main river, but to get there I would have had to walk through several hundred feet of breast-height bushes in ankle deep water (though I had admittedly already been walking in ankle deep water). So I decided to put it in a nearer tributary. It was pretty unhappy by the whole thing--it kept waving its legs to try to get me drop it. But I brought it to the river and dropped it in. It sat retracted (while my heart palpitated) for about 15 seconds, then it swam off. This was a spotted turtle, a species I just found out is endangered. However, I am still concerned that it did not actually survive, or that I didn't help. It's possible it wasn't actually in the process of overheating, and even if it was, what's to stop it from climbing back onto the sphagnum that would have killed it the first time? But all the same, I like to think that I've brought a species one turtle farther from extinction. Pretty cute turtle, too. I don't have any pictures, but look up the species, if you don't know what it looks like and haven't already.