My question for today: What kind Turtle am I?

Turtles, aquatic plants, and aquatic plant management are intimately associated. Turtles eat aquatic plants, sleep among plants, and hide among plants. Some turtles even mimic aquatic plants. The spotted shells of the Blanding’s turtle and the spotted turtle imitate duckweed, concealing them from predators, and also concealing them from prey: dragonflies land on the “duckweed” and are eaten by the lucky turtles.

Turtles can make lake revegetation efforts very difficult: turtles may devour transplanted plants as fast as the plants can grow. Turtles are sometimes in peril in plant management operations, such as when aquatic plant harvesting machines also harvest turtles. In one site during a three-month period, plant harvesting machines also removed and killed about 700 snapping and painted turtles. In another study, the threatened bog turtle was reduced by an invasion of the non-native plant, Pharlaris arundinacea. Other, more natural, perils also exist. For example, redbelly turtles sometimes lay their eggs in alligator nests (made of plant material), as described on our alligators page, and sometimes the redbellies are eaten for doing so…

Many turtles prefer to live amongst certain aquatic plants. Many turtles are omnivores and eat aquatic plants along with aquatic animals. Some turtles are vegetarians and eat only aquatic plants. In one habitat created to help the endangered bog turtle, researchers planted the following plants: Carex stricta, Sagittaria latifolia, Onoclea sensibilis, Juncus effusus, and Scirpus cyperinus.

Maybe it is Snapping turtle, maybe not? Question stays.


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Meeli Loite Sonn is an freelance photographer based in Los Angeles county, USA. Meeli specialises in producing high-quality images of our all kind natural world, capturing the beauty and mystery of nature, animals, birds, plants, where she sees it. Its need good eye. Meeli’s love of nature does not end with the landscape, as she aspires to photograph all things natural in his own unique way. Her big passion is macro world.

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  • CanyonWind
  • kellysp
    kellyspover 3 years ago

    a snapping turtle?

  • Maybe or maybe not.

    – loiteke

  • Judi Rustage
    Judi Rustageover 3 years ago

    Red eared slider turtle?

  • Thanks for comment, but it is not red eared slider turtle, I am not sure it this is even snapping turtle. Snapping should be bigger and wider

    – loiteke

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 3 years ago

    Nice work.

  • Thanks wazza so much. Who is he/she

    – loiteke

  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansover 3 years ago

    Wonderful profile image Meeli

  • Thanks Lyn, who is she/he

    – loiteke

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

    Excellent !

  • Thanks

    – loiteke

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenover 3 years ago

    Great shot! You must have a great zoom…I find it very difficult to get close enough to these turtles to get a good shot…they always plop back into the water!

  • I do not know, why I got so close. It was just standing there and looking at me. Thanks Karen so much for your message.

    – loiteke

  • Veronica Schultz
    Veronica Schultzover 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot! Definitely not a snapping turtle, but I’m not quite sure exactly what it is. He’s a cutie though. :)

  • Thanks. Question stays. Who will know the answer?

    – loiteke

  • DutchLumix
    DutchLumixover 3 years ago

    Awesome Capture, Well Done !!!

  • Thanks for your comment. I still do not know what ind turtle it is. Can you?

    – loiteke

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnover 3 years ago

    fine shot!

  • Thanks for your comment. I still do not know what ind turtle it is. Can you?

    – loiteke

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