Western Pond Turtle

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Today I had my first encounter with this clandestine creature! It was a large, healthy female who remained calm as I measured her carapace length and body weight. She represents the future of the turtle population, each clutch producing 3 to 11 eggs from May to July during nesting season. Sexual maturity isn’t attained until turtles are around 8 years old. Larger females like this one can be between 30 to 40 years old. What an amazing ectotherm to behold!

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About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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34 Responses to Western Pond Turtle

  1. Reblogged this on Amanda's Words / starfire8me and commented:
    It’s cute!! my youngest son is CRAZY about turtles!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. lizt84 says:

    Love the turtle!

    • Thank you! I’ve been infatuated with turtles my whole life, so this was a dream come true for me. I always take photographs and write poems to bookmark moments in my life so I’ll have something to remember and cherish when I’m old and grey. I hope you had a wonderful day and keep up the great work on your blog!
      Cheers,
      Tyler πŸ™‚

  3. julespaige says:

    I live near a creek that has snappers. And I think some red earred sliders. But they are too quick for me to accurately ID.

  4. oh, and there it is, I spoke too soon…hahaha Turtles have the same look as cats, slightly condescending, don’t u think? lol

  5. Radhika says:

    She’s so cute!! What a lucky day Tyler!

    • Thank you, my friend! Once you get down to their eye-level, the world opens up anew a beautifully different point-of-view! Ironically, turtles lead a life that is anything but sheltered. Some of the females I found had limbs and tails chewed off by predators. But, they are resilient, determined creatures with character as rock solid as their shells!
      Cheers,
      Tyler πŸ™‚

  6. Lucky! Our understanding is that introduced species such as largemouth bass and bullfrogs have really taken a toll on western pond turtles.

  7. So beautiful! What a wonderful experience to have had, connecting with her. You’re a lucky man – thanks for sharing it with us:-)

    • You are most welcome and thank you, my friend! It was a moment I will always remember, a turtle to treasure forever. I hope you had a wonderful day, Harula!
      Cheers,
      Tyler πŸ™‚

  8. Robin says:

    they are amazing creatures. Love your photo. Every time this year we find baby snappers and take them in for the year, and let them go the following summer. My 8 year old loves watching them…although last years little friend need to be let go, need to watch the fingers!

  9. She’s lovely – Here’s a link where Oregon sightings can be reported!
    http://www.oregonturtles.com/you.html#habitat

  10. Apurva says:

    nice to see you are having fun! πŸ™‚ beautiful turtle!!

  11. interesting and educational. nice photo too πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Turtles are green beacons of hope in my life, just their presence makes me feel like everything will be alright πŸ˜‰
      Cheers,
      Tyler

  12. What a beauty! It’s reassuring to know that even some less publicized, less flashy creatures are still able to keep going in today’s world, especially when they’re helped–and publicized a bit–by appreciative supporters like you.

    I’m just now ‘back in the saddle’ after 5 weeks of away time when I had little steady internet access or time to look, but had to pop in to tell you that you can rest assured yours are posts I enjoy consistently, whether I can respond to them or not. The mix of visual and textual poetry is a delight.
    πŸ™‚
    Kathryn

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