August 15, 2013

Cruising the beach

Cruising the beach by ricmcarthur
Cruising the beach, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
While out with the turtle researchers on a hatchling release we came upon this adult Blandings turtle.
According to the Toronto Zoo web site:
It is 12.5-18 cm in length;
Carapace black to greyish-brown with numerous yellowish spots or streaks
Plastron has a flexible grooved hinge that allows lower shell to close upward to protect head and legs
Bright yellow on chin and throat
Protruding eyes
Domed shell obvious while it basks on logs, rocks or clumps of vegetation
Status: THREATENED
Emydoidea blandingii

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