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Weekly Photo Challenge: Oops!

This is an older photo taken in 2007 while I was tracking turtles for scientific research in Lockport, Illinois.  We trapped these two whopper snappers (Snapping turtles) and put them into large totes in the basement for safekeeping before weighing … Continue reading

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Sexing tie-dyed turtles

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I found this juvenile male Western painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) today. He was full of energy after eating the sardine bait in the hoop trap. You might be wondering how you determine the sex…

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Fossilizing silence

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Poetry dusts off the rust from eons spent fossilizing silence.

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Sexing tie-dyed turtles

I found this juvenile male Western painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) today. He was full of energy after eating the sardine bait in the hoop trap. You might be wondering how you determine the sex of these colorful creatures. There are … Continue reading

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Undercover

Through murky waters I spotted a bobbing shell, head outstretched with eyes peering around, four limbs powering a house, all this happening under  the cover of silence!

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Western Pond Turtle

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 … Continue reading

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Turtle testaments

Out and about by the lake taking time to watch turtles basking on logs, all life awash in water & sunlight. Turtles nest in the hardest places, gravel driveways, railroad tracks, quarry pits, yet they persist, pickmatic claws excavating space … Continue reading

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