Turtle nestin’ time

Chrysemys picta, the painted turtle. This is an eastern painted turtle, which you can tell because 1.) it has a thicker gap between the large 2.) it was found in the eastern coast of the US.

Photo courtesy of the resident programmer.

Getting hot. Finally stopped raining. And the pond turtles are out. There are nests everywhere, if you know what to look for. Most of them will be broken into by dogs and raccoons. Damn mammals.

This female was found laying her eggs in a thick bed of moss. She is a painted turtle, Chrysemys picta.  They are smallish pond turtles, very glossy, with red and yellow dots on the marginals, which are little edge scales. If you want to get even more particular, it’s Chrysemys picta dorsalis, a southern painted turtle, which you can tell because 1.) it has a thicker pale mark between the first/second and second/third rows of vertebral and costal scales than the other rows and  2.) it was found in the south.

 

This entry was posted in Natural History, Reptiles and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s