Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta)

The yellow and red markings on this Painted
Turtle make it very distinctive and easily identifiable.
This photo was taken in early May, 2006

There are three Painted Turtles in the photo
above. Look carefully and you can see two
of their reflections at the bottom of the photo!

Painted Turtles can still be found at this time of year.
The above picture was taken last week, on August 30
(2006). There are five Painted Turtles in the photo;
three to the left and two to the right. An old sofa had been
discarded in a pond and is used by these turtles as a
sunning spot. In the photo below, taken in August, 2004,
seven Painted Turtles bask in the warmth of the sun.

Above six turtles enjoy the sun's warmth.
I am fortunate to have discovered three new
locations where I had found Painted Turtles
this year.

Above; one turtle had found a hummock in a
shallow area of a pond to use as a sunning place.
On this day, their gleaming, rounded shaped, backs
reminded me of upside down jelly molds scattered
among the vegetation.

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