April 15, 2005

Friday Turtle Blogging

from - smijer

We have lots of turtles in the pond at work. I kidnapped one of their babies to show off to my family and the blogosphere. I returned him home to nature the next day. Last year, I was priviledged to watch the adult turtles nesting. I'm assuming this is one of last years' offspring:




As always, don't miss the Friday Ark.


Posted by smijer at April 15, 2005 07:59 AM

Pretty Baby.

univar.jpg Posted by Jeff on April 15, 2005 01:14 PM
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Cool turtle...nice patterns on his shell.

univar.jpg Posted by F-Stop on April 15, 2005 02:49 PM
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Very cute. Do you know the species?

I got some pictures of mommy & daddy turtles last weekend.

univar.jpg Posted by lobbygow on April 15, 2005 04:16 PM
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I'm guessing pond slider (genus Trachemys). I'm guessing that's what your mommy & daddy turtles are, too.

univar.jpg Posted by smijer on April 15, 2005 04:40 PM
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Actually this more resembles a slider or cooter of the genus Pseudemys to me, rather than the common Red-eared Slider, Trachemys. Did it have red on the face? What is your state, general location, that might help establish an ID, if it matters to you.


univar.jpg Posted by tony gallucci on April 15, 2005 11:30 PM
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I'm in Chattanooga, TN... and no, the little booger had no red. I didn't think the local Trachemys species had that marking.

univar.jpg Posted by smijer on April 16, 2005 12:29 AM
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okay, i had to do some looking, but appears that's right. all of our Trachemys (TX) are either T.s. elegans or T. gaigei, both of which have red "ears." even though red-ears (T.s. elegans) are in your area, you probably are also in the range of Yellow-bellied Sliders (Trachemys scripta scripta) which don't have red ears. pictures of young T.s.s. i was able to find match yours pretty closely.

sorry for the goose chase. in my neck of the woods, if it has no red it's in a different genus.

the two adults someone posted are T.s. elegans.


univar.jpg Posted by tony g on April 19, 2005 08:23 PM
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I do appreciate you taking the time to run that down. I like to know what I'm looking at, when possible.

univar.jpg Posted by smijer on April 20, 2005 04:51 PM
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