Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Tiny Turtle

On Saturday, we found a hatchling painted turtle out at Bluff Spring Fen. This one is only a little bit bigger than a quarter. Too cute!

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At 08:35, Blogger Kirk said...

Looks like his egg tooth dropped off. Darling little critters, aren't they?

At 14:21, Blogger Floridacracker said...

So ... did the eggs overwinter? Surely it was too cold 60 days ago for turtle kinnoodling.
That seems so early for hatchlings where you are!

At 16:46, OpenID liliannattel said...

He is so sweet.

At 17:01, Blogger Homer said...

I love turtles!

At 18:12, Blogger Kirk said...

My guess is that it's an over-wintered young that hatched last year. Turtles typically hatch late summer-early fall.

At 23:54, Blogger Ur-spo said...

we used to have turtles as pets; i recall we had to wash our hands after touching them.

At 01:16, Blogger SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

That is really tiny Doug. It always amazes me that something so small can be so perfectly shaped like the adult it will become.

At 01:49, Blogger wcs said...


At 19:33, Blogger Diane C. said...

Nice colors and long tail!

At 09:40, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Kirk- Yes, they have a high cuteness coefficient. This post is just an attempt on my part to increase blog traffic.

FC_ What Kirk said. This guy probably hatched last fall.

liliannattel- Yes. This species is bright orange underneath, but I wasn't able to get a photo.

Homer- what is it about turtles? Everyone seems to love them.

Kirk- sounds about right to me.

Spo- Folks are concerned about salmonella. I suspect that the problem is less something particular to reptiles and more a function of the cages and tanks that they live in while in captivity.

Joan- I think that's part of the reason that people find baby turtles so cute.

wcs- Merci beaucoup.

Diane C. - Thanks, and welcome to the Tapestry. Yo have a nice blog. I'm guessing that you found me through Kathie.


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