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.


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