Turtle Time!

By:  a-macarthur  •  5 months ago  •  55 comments

Turtle Time!

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1) Diamondback Terrapin

© A. Mac/A.G.

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2) Box Turtle

© A. Mac/A.G.

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3) Snapping Turtle … I estimate this one weighed about 40 pounds … likely a female that left the water to lay eggs. One of four different species of turtles I photographed on the road into the Reserve … even before entering the reserve itself!

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4) Painted Turtle, Male

© A. Mac/A.G.

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5) Box Turtle

© A. Mac/A.G.

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A. Macarthur
1  author  A. Macarthur    5 months ago

Last week I did some photography at a wild life reserve at the New Jersey seashore; on the road leading into the preserve, was able to photograph three different species of turtles.

Stay tuned … I'll be posting more shots … it's just that they walk so slowly … 

… it'll take a while.

 
 
Split Personality
1.1  Split Personality  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    5 months ago

Funny, when they are at the edge of our lake they can turn and "jump" into the water in a fraction of a second.

When they are caught out on the walking paths, they expect to be picked up and moved to the lakeside grass.

  If your dumb enough to return them to the side they just came from,

They get belligerent, lol, and complain ..... rather loudly, lol

 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Split Personality @1.1    5 months ago

What does the voice of a turtle sound like?

 
 
Ender
1.1.2  Ender  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.1    5 months ago

I have heard some hiss before.

 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    5 months ago

What was its size?

 
 
Ender
2  Ender    5 months ago

Odd looking fellow, with that white mouth.

 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Ender @2    5 months ago

Be careful, there are members here who will crucify you for a racist statement.

 
 
Ender
2.1.1  Ender  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.1    5 months ago

Haaha. I have been called many things over the years.

 
 
Kavika
3  Kavika     5 months ago

One of my very favorite creatures...

 
 
Buzz of the Orient
3.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @3    5 months ago

In China, people keep them as pets. My brother-in-law's son has kept one for years. They have cultural symbolism here.

https://goodlucksymbols.com/tortoise-symbolism/

 
 
Kavika
3.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3.1    5 months ago

Same here Buzz, a powerful cultural symbol for natives...

 
 
Buzz of the Orient
3.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @3.1.1    5 months ago

The turtle appears in many of Norval Morrisseau's paintings. For example, this one is called "Shaman and Turtle".

shaman and turtle by norval morrisseau

 
 
Bob Nelson
4  Bob Nelson    5 months ago

A turtle cannot be cute.

Oh, wait.....

 
 
sixpick
5  sixpick    5 months ago

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ckBlasgNSzg/S3TB5pHSRnI/AAAAAAAARXM/0RGYMSHLsAw/s400/Boy+Riding+A+Turtle.jpg

 
 
igknorantzrulz
6  igknorantzrulz    5 months ago

Mitch McConnel

 
 
tomwcraig
6.1  tomwcraig  replied to  igknorantzrulz @6    5 months ago

Sadly, I agree with you...

 
 
igknorantzrulz
6.1.1  igknorantzrulz  replied to  tomwcraig @6.1    5 months ago

Well

 cheer the Heck up yhen 

n now 

 
 
A. Macarthur
6.2  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  igknorantzrulz @6    5 months ago
Mitch McConnel

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charger 383
7  charger 383    5 months ago

Turtles are cool.  There is a large local Greenhouse that has turtle ponds inside and out.  Fun to watch them 

 
 
Jasper2529
8  Jasper2529    5 months ago

That's a great turtle photo, Mac. One of my children collects turtle figurines and Christmas tree ornaments.

If you don't mind my asking, what's the name of the wild life reserve? My wife and I  are planning an east coast road trip in the fall, and if it's not too far from our planned route and if we have time, we could include it. 

I'm looking forward to more of your turtle pics!

 
 
A. Macarthur
8.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Jasper2529 @8    5 months ago

Here's the info, Jasper,

On the longest of long shots, if you let me know a few days in advance when you might be there, I would try to drive down from Philly and meet you there and give you a "guided" tour, although, it's not at all difficult to drive the 8 mile loop. 

Fall is the best time because the greenhead flies that will bite you into submission, are less prevalent and sometimes not around.

More turtle pics later today.

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Edwin_B_Forsythe/

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Edwin B. Forsythe

National Wildlife Refuge | New Jersey
 
 
Jasper2529
8.1.1  Jasper2529  replied to  A. Macarthur @8.1    5 months ago

Thanks for the Forsythe Refuge links, Mac! It looks like a place we'd really enjoy visiting. 

Thanks also for adding your box turtle photo.  

 
 
A. Macarthur
8.1.2  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Jasper2529 @8.1.1    5 months ago

Before you go, a good idea to maximize the experience, is to get a field guide, and/or go on-line, and familiarize yourself with shorebirds, wading birds, gulls, terns, ducks, sandpipers and swallows … especially if going in the fall when migrating birds may be present for the only time during the year.

 
 
A. Macarthur
9  author  A. Macarthur    5 months ago

A second TURTLE image is posted.

 
 
dave-2693993
9.1  dave-2693993  replied to  A. Macarthur @9    5 months ago

They like the asphalt, don't they?

We used to move them to the road side whenever we came across them. Of course, thinking they will just go right back to where we found them.

Do you ever come across snapping turtles? We used to come across them often while fishing. My recollection is, they are permanently in bad moods. Living dinosaurs.

 
 
Ender
9.1.1  Ender  replied to  dave-2693993 @9.1    5 months ago

We have those. Their claws are unreal. Long necks too. Can take a finger real quick.

 
 
A. Macarthur
9.1.2  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  dave-2693993 @9.1    5 months ago

I will be posting a picture of a Snapping Turtle soon.

 
 
dave-2693993
9.1.3  dave-2693993  replied to  A. Macarthur @9.1.2    5 months ago

Alright, I will be on the look out for it.

Thank you.

 
 
dave-2693993
9.1.4  dave-2693993  replied to  Ender @9.1.1    5 months ago
Their claws are unreal. Long necks too. Can take a finger real quick.

Yes, yes and yes.

You have to be very careful when grabbing them.

 
 
Skrekk
9.1.5  Skrekk  replied to  dave-2693993 @9.1    5 months ago
Do you ever come across snapping turtles? We used to come across them often while fishing. My recollection is, they are permanently in bad moods. Living dinosaurs.

Last year I was scuba diving in the pond at the local ski hill to recover lost skis.    Zero visibility.    I found a number of skis plus the giant snapping turtle, and I didn't realize he wasn't a ski until he poked my glove with his claws, nipped the back side of my glove and swam away.....about that time my brain was catching up and I realized "that's not a ski".    I think he was the one who was scared but I was glad I had neoprene gloves on.    The folks who've seen him said that his shell is at least 18" long which is pretty big for this area.

The nearby farm I used to live at had a snapper which would sun himself in the middle of the one-lane bridge, so once or twice a day I'd have to get out of the car and grab him by the tail while running backwards really fast to get him off the road.

 
 
dave-2693993
9.1.6  dave-2693993  replied to  Skrekk @9.1.5    5 months ago

Wow. You could have easily lost some fingers and more.

 
 
Skrekk
9.1.7  Skrekk  replied to  dave-2693993 @9.1.6    5 months ago

They're not aggressive towards people when they're in the water, at least not if they realize that you're people and not prey.   So once I realized what it was I was more surprised that it had bothered to nip my glove at all.

Regarding the one we kept removing from the driveway, I learned much later that you're not supposed to grab them by the tail or drag them but just to grab them by the shell just above the tail and lift.

 
 
dave-2693993
9.1.8  dave-2693993  replied to  Skrekk @9.1.7    5 months ago
just to grab them by the shell just above the tail and lift.

Exactly and you have to be firm and quick about it.

 
 
A. Macarthur
10  author  A. Macarthur    5 months ago

Everyone, please come out of your shells and see the turtle pics.

 
 
Buzz of the Orient
10.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @10    5 months ago

Interesting images on the shell of the Box Turtle.  One almost looks like the sacred Thunderbird.  

 
 
Buzz of the Orient
10.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @10.1    5 months ago

This is what I meant (a magnified view of part of the Box Turtle's shell):

turtle.jpg

 
 
A. Macarthur
10.1.2  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @10.1.1    5 months ago

Iconic!

 
 
Kavika
10.1.3  Kavika   replied to  A. Macarthur @10.1.2    5 months ago

Iconic...indeed it is.

 
 
Ender
10.1.4  Ender  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @10.1.1    5 months ago

I never paid attention to the design until you pointed it own. Then I was looking at all of them.

 
 
Buzz of the Orient
10.1.5  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Ender @10.1.4    5 months ago

A  hieroglyphics expert should look at them - maybe there's an ancient message there.

 
 
lady in black
11  lady in black    5 months ago

Peek a boo I see you....

 
 
Kavika
12  Kavika     5 months ago

I love the box turtle photo....

 
 
A. Macarthur
13  author  A. Macarthur    5 months ago

Two more species to come.

 
 
A. Macarthur
14  author  A. Macarthur    5 months ago

Snap up Turtle 3).

 
 
dave-2693993
14.1  dave-2693993  replied to  A. Macarthur @14    5 months ago

Don't get to close.

Remember with mammals there is a chance to reason with them. With reptiles? Not so much.

 
 
Kavika
14.1.1  Kavika   replied to  dave-2693993 @14.1    5 months ago

That bad girl can take a finger, toe or part of your hand or foot off in a hot minute. 

 
 
dave-2693993
14.1.2  dave-2693993  replied to  Kavika @14.1.1    5 months ago

Yep, keep a good distance.

 
 
Buzz of the Orient
14.1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @14.1.1    5 months ago
 
 
dave-2693993
14.1.4  dave-2693993  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @14.1.3    5 months ago

Ruined a good turtle stew too.

 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
15  Perrie Halpern R.A.    5 months ago

Mac,

Your great photos of turtles are very timely. 

We just had a female lay eggs in our backyard. Did a little research and found out that she was a painted turtle. Now we are waiting 2 months to see the babies and help them get into the stream that runs through are back yard. 

 
 
A. Macarthur
15.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @15    5 months ago

I will post a picture of a painted turtle later today; it was the fourth or the 4 species I photographed during the Reserve outing.

 
 
A. Macarthur
15.2  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @15    5 months ago

Painted Turtle … picture 4) is posted.

 
 
Kavika
16  Kavika     5 months ago

This is why you don't tease a snapping turtle.

 
 
A. Macarthur
17  author  A. Macarthur    5 months ago

And finally, a second view of Box Turtle … Picture 5).

 
 
Kavika
17.1  Kavika   replied to  A. Macarthur @17    5 months ago

A couple of more beauties...Well done Mac.

 
 
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