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Young Painted Turtle on Lily Pads by MotherNature

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This little guy (gal?) was taking a mid-morning sunbath on a lily pad. Painted turtles are the most common turtle in North America. It lives in in ponds and lakes, and may sometimes be found in slow moving streams. They’ve been around for 15 million years, and they can live up to the age of 55 and sometimes longer. There are four sub-species and their ranges do overlap. Although they are the most common turtle in North America, their habitat is threatened in some areas. The females leave their safe water homes to lay eggs in nests dug into the dirt. Road kills happen when the Moms are seeking a suitable nesting area and when the babies migrate back to the water. For more info on these charming animals you can go to:

This image is for all those perfect moments that “just happen”.

I love nature, science, poetry, prose, art, music – you name it! Now that I’m retired, time is mine to spend as I wish (pretty much), and I wish to take pictures of our natural world.

Bringing the outdoors in for others to see, especially those who may not get the opportunity to wander next to a pond, fish at the beach, or tramp in the woods, is a pleasure. I hope to build a window to the wonders of nature that fill our everyday lives.

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowover 3 years ago

    Ohhhh an adorable little one……. and so small……….
    A great find and capture!!!!
    aka Jazzy

  • He (she?) was shy and disappeared into the water soon after the picture was taken. Babies of all sorts are just too cute to resist:>). Thank you for your visit!

    – MotherNature

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