Thursday, June 27, 2013

Painted Turtle

I have previously blogged on Painted Turtles in 2011. Erika and I encountered this gorgeous individual at the Bass Ponds in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington last week. This species is Minnesota’s most common turtle. They are omnivorous, they eat almost anything they can catch. They should not, however, be kept as pets. They require specific temperatures to thrive and tend not to do well with artificial diets. Furthermore, Painted Turtles carry salmonella, a very unpleasant digestive disease that does affect humans. Being hit by cars as the turtles try to cross roads is a major source of turtle mortality.

We flipped this turtle to see its colorful underparts. As we did so, the turtle responded by releasing copious urine. We set the turtle upright as we left it to its travels.

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