BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

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PAINTED TURTLES (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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Painted turtles always look grumpy. In doing a bit of reading, I’ve discovered that they are a species of Special Concern here in Ontario. Cars and habitat loss are their main threats. Painted turtles are also slow to mature and only lay a small clutch of eggs. If just a few die the whole turtle population can be impacted. I now see why they look so grumpy.

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18 thoughts on “PAINTED TURTLES (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

  1. Those are real beautiful shots, Belinda! The colour and the details are wonderful in these turtles!

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  2. I have often noticed the green water weed in your pictures of ducks and turtles. Is this indigenous (and therefor fine to have) or an invasive species – such as we get water hyacinth that clogs up dams and rivers and is proving to be almost impossible to get rid of.

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    • Duckweed is beneficial as a food source for waterfowl and provides shelter for certain pond life. It also absorbs nitrates and phosphates. It is a native plant but too much of it can deplete the oxygen in ponds so it needs to be controlled.

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  3. “Grumpy” is a very apt term for their apparent expression, but I think that “smug” fits them also. I’m really missing being on the little summer lakes and ponds where they are, no doubt, sunning themselves at this very moment, and wishing that I were, too.

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  4. I hope they don’t run into trouble. I really like turtles.

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  5. Great photos, Belinda! I remember having them as a pet when I was a boy. I hope the population will be stable. 🙏🏻

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  6. Nice Belinda! Always fun to photograph turtles!

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  7. Looks nice to mee. They are rather small I suppose.

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