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Old Mar 10, 2007, 5:53 PM   #1
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this guy is out in the pond. first time i've seen him around. he's 12-13'' long and should be about 15 years old. they can get upto 75 pounds at 35 years of age. most only make it to 50 pounds. i've had one of these visit before and he was about 15'' and had to weigh 30 pounds. i know it didn't have any problem breaking the 1 1/4'' stick i pointed at him. there are a google of painted turtles out here and they look like pygmies in comparrison.

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Old Mar 10, 2007, 6:36 PM   #2
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Don't tease us Roy, Spring is quite a way off for us here.

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Old Mar 10, 2007, 6:38 PM   #3
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ok tom, lets see

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mid-high 70s today. hehe

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Old Mar 10, 2007, 10:04 PM   #4
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This guy is much smaller than your guy - I have no idea what kind of turtle he is (anyone have any ideas?). He's one of two I've seen this spring, but I know in a while I'll see a whole lot more. I have no idea how these guys got started in the botanical gardens - I first noticed one around 10 years ago, the next year there were two. Last summer I counted something like 15 - I wonder if they've become a student project or what. Over the last year I've tried to get a decent photograph of them, but have had limited success.
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Old Mar 11, 2007, 7:57 AM   #5
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this is a common painted turtle. you can buy then in stores. the above is about 3 times the size of an adult painted turtle and will get much bigger. we have a few paints here also.

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Old Mar 11, 2007, 1:25 PM   #6
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here's a redo.



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Old Mar 11, 2007, 1:37 PM   #7
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You are making think about Spring. I didn't know they lived so long.

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Roy, great find - we only have those common painted turtle's, but they just returned so spring is coming

, at least 2 of them think so (in the pond behind my work)



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Old Mar 11, 2007, 3:47 PM   #9
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very really nice shot ronny. how do you like this one?


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Roy - I like your re-worked picure - not as blown out (the problem I always have with mine, might try a shorter lens but use a polarizer to try to deal with the reflected light off their shell).

Your last painted turtle (I'm learning all kinds of things about turtles here, thank you!) picture is really outstanding - love the reflection!
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