Ten Turtles on a Log
A quick walk around a piece of property that has a few ponds with fallen logs and I ran into ten turtles on a log.
These Are Painted Turtles
The painted turtle is the most widespread native turtle of North America. It lives in slow-moving fresh waters, from southern Canada to Louisiana and northern Mexico, and from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
The turtle is the only species of the genus Chrysemys, which is part of the pond turtle family Emydidae.
Quite a fitting sight to find them all hanging out along the pond.
I absolutely love the green and orangish red striping along the face and their ugly. long claws. The shell patterns are sometimes highlighted with coloring as well.
When I just to the pond area in the early morning, I can get an amazing reflection off the water. As the day goes on and the sun rises the reflections do not show up.
The turtles hide everywhere and slowly and leisurely climb there way onto the logs.
You can tell it is getting cold out! Turtle bury themselves in the muck and mud to stay warm. This is also how they hibernate through winter.
Hey, you! Look I’m posing for you!
The painted turtle is a very cool animal to add to water gardens and backyard ponds. What is a water garden?