Beth Walsh recently posted a nice shot of a turtle with its feet outstretched which reminded me of these images so I thought I would share them-from Poor Farm Swamp.This Eastern Painted Turtle was just chillin’ with its damsel pal in the warmth of a summer sun. I don’t know how it was maintaining balance.
A few years on, also at the swamp, I saw this scene. Note the rear legs.I am not quite sure exactly what was going on unless it was a dispute over swamp turf. Either that or Junior was being sent back to his room. The Painted Turtle eats a varied diet, but most of it sits on the swamp bottom so the rapid retreat could be the result of a blast of Chrysemys picta halitosis. At any rate, I thought it was a pretty interesting moment.