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Turtle Head by Betsy  Seeton
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We’re all interconnected on this planet. I believe it’s important to understand what that means and how all life matters. I cherish learning about the life that surrounds me in my own ‘backyard’.

Since last week, when I discovered that some turtles hang out in a nearby pond, I’ve become curious about them and started researching to find out more about their habits and habitat. Turtles have graced our planet for more than 200 million years. Amazing…

Fun facts:
Some turtles can live up to a year without food! Some can swim 20 miles an hour and on land some could out pace most adults in a run. Desert turtles, however, move only 2 feet a minute! Several species, including the American box turtle, can live over 100 years. Wow….

What are the differences between a turtle and tortoise? Turtles spend most of their time in water and have webbed feet for swimming. A tortoise is a land dweller and doesn’t have webbed feet. I’m sure there’s a lot more .. just thought I’d quickly share those differences.

The shell of a turtle is made up of 60 bones. I found a bale of five turtles sunning themselves on a log. A bale is what a group of turtles is called. I just learned that …

The reason they like to be in the sun (I’m sure it’s instinct) is that the ultraviolet light helps to kill parasites attached to the turtle’s skin or shell.

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nature, turtle, box turtle

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.”
~ Rachel Carson

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  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Betsy! Thank you so much for the info, it’s fascinating. This guy looks quite happy in the sun, and you’ve captured incredible detail.

  • Ruoxiang Chau
    Ruoxiang Chauabout 4 years ago

    I loooove the way you shoot fauna, giving each animal great personality!

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