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Old Jun 20, 2007, 8:45 AM   #1
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We've been getting a lot of rain here lately, almost 14 inches in June alone, which may or may not be bringing the turtles out in southwest Missouri these are a few I've shot in the last two months. I thought this was a painted turtle, but it turns out it's a redear slider.
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Old Jun 20, 2007, 8:45 AM   #2
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Another view of the slider
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Old Jun 20, 2007, 8:55 AM   #3
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one of my favorites, a common snapping turtle, fortunately he was headed off the road. At 20 pounds and darned quick within a certain distance. I really didn't want to have to try to carry him off the road.
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Old Jun 20, 2007, 8:57 AM   #4
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This little guy was only a little bigger than a half-dollar
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Old Jun 20, 2007, 1:01 PM   #5
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Very nice series...especially like the one with the truck in the background! BTW, send some of that rain my way!

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Old Jun 20, 2007, 10:24 PM   #6
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Love the pictures, but now I wonder how to tell the difference between a painted turtle and a redear slider. Yours look so similar to the ones I photograph all the time.
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Old Jun 20, 2007, 11:43 PM   #7
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Thanks for the comments. I went here http://mdc.mo.gov/nathis/herpetol/turtles/ to identify the turtles I was shooting. hope it helps.
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Thanks for the link - it looks like the ones I'm always photographing are probably red ear sliders also, rather than painted turtles.
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Those are great turtle shots, love the third one! With the red truck going down the road, and the turtle in the foreground, it's really a perfect capture and I like the contrast in the two subjects perceived speed.

We've been getting a lot of rain down here too!

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now i'll have to go check the ones here.
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