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Old Apr 29, 2012, 8:23 PM   #1
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One of our turtles. A male of what is called Central American Would Turtle. Some books call these the most beautiful turtle in the world. These were shot with the flash as it was starting to rain and gloomy. And because when shooting this turtle I always want to make him glow.

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They have such sharp claws! Nice details in #2 & 3; #1 seems a little out of focus - or is it my tired eyes?
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They have such sharp claws! Nice details in #2 & 3; #1 seems a little out of focus - or is it my tired eyes?
Could be. My eyes are always too tired to tell for sure. I liked that pose as it showed off the colors well, which meant more to me than sharpness.

And yeah, these guys have some claws to them. I don't let kids hold them for that reason. They are not mean, but they do scratch people.
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Very nice series Steve, lovely old turtle!!
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Your turtles are cool.

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looks like a tortoise, or that just an american thing calling them turtles? not wishing to be rude just that you guys over the pond use our fine language a bit differently great shots either way. love 3, the ground level shot shows great colour and detail.
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i snapped this fella the other day. looks like he needed a push back into the water as he was a bit grounded on that rock. water was full of them all poking their heads up just enough to see their red striped faces. is this a terrapin? only reptiles i could ID were ninja turtles and they were colour coded
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Thanks Alex, jj and John.

And John, you guys have different names than we do. If I have it right, the sea turtles are called turtles, the freshwater turtles are called terrapins, and the land ones are called tortoises. But I am not sure where you break between tortoises and terrapins. The turtle I have pictured is a semi-aquatic turtle that can live on land or in the water, depending on the season I guess. But it does not belong to the class of turtles that scientists and such call tortoises as they are specialized land creatures with some differences inside.

The one you posted would be called a terripin by you, but over here would just be called a Red-eared Slider, which is a turtle. They are called sliders because they can slide off a log or a rock in a hurry if you spook them.
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well you certainly know your stuff steve thats for sure. cheers for the info. over here we class terrapins and turtles together. same as you on the turtle/ tortoise thing too. tortoises are land only. they can go into water to drink or clean but in a stronger current a tortoise would drown. turtles have front flippers only here and tortoises always have a clawed front foot. same things, different dictionaries lol
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you might be interested in this too steve, its a VW Turtle. low mileage, always driven slowly
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