Wednesday, June 12, 2013
TURTLE PREPARING HER NEST
This turtle found an unusual spot to lay her eggs.
The turtle could be a Painted Turtle (native) or a Red Eared Slider (the pet store variety, indigenous to northern Mexico and the southern states and often released in ponds when they grow too big for the home- some are able to survive our winters.) It is unclear from the photo.
(This is an example of how the "whole" park is one connected environment for the wildlife who live there.)
Red-eared sliders should not be released into the wild. Sliders that are found in the wild can be taken to adoption centres, thereby helping our native turtles. Here are two places:
It was later determined that the turtle was indeed a Red Eared Slider. She made a second attempt to build a nest after the first one was ransacked before heading back to the water.
The red ear marking is an easy way to identify a slider.