The lady of the house encountered this little fellow walking down the front walk as big as you please--just as the sun was setting. The turtles emerge from Lake Manitou every spring and many make their way to Treasure Island, where the ground is nice and high and the digging is easy. As Fall approaches, many--but not all--of the eggs hatch. The little ones head back to the lake where they bury themselves for the long sleep as winter descends. Another group of spring eggs simply stay unhatched until the following spring.