06.22.2021 Turtle Tuesday

One of the Poor Farm Swamp denizens having a nice neck stretch.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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18 Responses to 06.22.2021 Turtle Tuesday

  1. Do you know if the head-held-high posture indicates that the turtle was aware of you?


    • I am sure that he/she ( I believe that the length of the toes and nails indicates gender but not sure with this one) was aware of me. They are very wary and more often than not will drop into the water before I can get a shot off.

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  2. Peter Klopp says:

    The turtle holds its head high as if to sniff the air. Perhaps it can smell potential enemies and slip away before you can see it.

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  3. Littlesundog says:

    Turtle Tuesday’s are becoming a quick favorite for me! I love the “alert” pose on this one. We’ve been seeing a lot of red-eared sliders on the property, laying eggs. With so many eggs being stolen (by humans) along the river banks the last couple of years, I wonder if the turtles are instinctually, choosing other locations (like our slough and the old river channel which are more protected than along public areas) to breed and lay eggs?

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    • I am glad you enjoyed this, Lori. I am not nearly as successful capturing images of turtles as with bullfrogs. But I’ll try to have a few more like this. I am not aware of humans robbing the eggs of these and other turtles around here but raccoons decimate the eggs nests shortly after they are laid.

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  4. Gallivanta says:

    Neck stretching; just the perfect thing to do on a log in a swamp. I neck stretch at my computer desk but not in a way that anyone would want to photograph!

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  5. shoreacres says:

    Just like spreading their legs to capture extra warmth from the sun, neck-stretching has a purpose. They eat small live prey as well as plants: crickets, small fish, and worms. Since their body doesn’t move quickly, they often rely on their necks to reach their target. Neck stretching’s a turtle’s calisthenics; a strong and flexible neck helps them capture prey.

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