BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY

BUDDY SYSTEM (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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Snapping turtles and painted turtles are the most common turtles at the reserve. We usually see them, often together, sunning themselves on logs in the water. I captured these two when they were swimming. They move silently through the water and blend in so well, that it’s only when they come up for air that you see them. The snapper isn’t fully grown but it’s mature enough to have quite a growth of moss on its back which acts as excellent camouflage. They have a prehistoric look, with their long tale and spikes. Not pretty but fascinating to observe.

15 thoughts on “BUDDY SYSTEM (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

  1. Great pics! Snapping turtles are just scary looking! lol. We have a painted turtle that looks just like that one!

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  2. Great shots of these guys! 🐢

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  3. Great pics, Belinda! 🙂
    Once, when we were quite young, we stumbled onto a snapping turtle, in a nature reserve, that was far from water. We told the Park Ranger and he relocated the turtle back to a lake. He showed us how you can put them into a hypnotic state by gently rubbing their shell with a file on either side of their head. Of course, you have to be very careful… as their necks are long and once they bite they seldom let go!

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  4. Great captures, Belinda. They’re hard to get closeup as they always seems to be trying to get away asap!

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  5. Indeed, they are very prehistoric looking. I am amazed at how much moss has grown on the one turtle’s shell. Great images!

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  6. Even though they are in the water the details of their markings are very clear to see in the photographs.

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  7. funny and cute lol

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  8. Very interesting to see the differences. You’re right about the camouflage. It works.

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