Herpetological Report from The Wetlands

A lone Yellow-bellied Slider was out basking on Friday January 28, and again the next day, 29 January.

This was the first basking turtle of the season in the Museum’s Wetland habitat. It’s a Yellow-bellied Slider (1/28/11).
An Eastern Painted Turtle enjoys the warm afternoon on a rock in the Wetlands (2/2/11).

The yellow-bellied Slider (above) was up and about due to the unusually warm 60? weather. The temps slid down to the near normal 40?s for the next several days and the turtles went back under cover.

Four turtles vie for space on these exposed snags at the back of the Wetlands (2/2/11).

Today (2/2), it’s supposed to climb to 70 degrees. There are currently half-a-dozen or so turtles basking on rocks and logs of the Wetlands.

It’s a great day to be outside, and that’s where I’m headed!

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