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Mike Oxley

Cornwall Ontario, Canada

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A very casual Painted Turtle.
Chrysemys picta

The Pond, Rotary Eco Gardens, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
May 30, 2010


The Painted Turtle gets its name from the bold yellow stripes “painted” on its head, neck, legs, and tail, and from the red, irregularly shaped markings that pattern the plastron (belly shell) and under-rim of the carapace (back shell). The carapace of these turtles is black to greenish black, and males may have dark worm-like markings. Females are larger than males with plastrons up to 25 centimetres long. Male plastrons measure between 9 and 17 cm long. Claws on the front feet also differ between sexes– males have long slender claws while females have short claws.

Painted Turtles prefer the margins and shallows of lakes, ponds, ditches and sluggish streams with muddy bottoms and lots of aquatic plants. These areas provide important habitat for feeding, basking, shelter from predators, and hibernation. Painted Turtles also require nearby upland nesting areas (within 150 metres) that are usually south-facing, with no vegetation and dry, light soil free of roots and large stones.

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 28 to 300 at 300mm, circular polarizer
iso 100, spot metered, F6.7, 1/125 second

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