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Red-eared Slider, Painted and Northern Map Turtles
Allison Gregor
A Herd of Turtles I had headed to my favourite park in search of Wood Ducks when I came across a turtle trio consisting of three different species on the same log - a Red-eared Slider, a Painted turtle as well as a Northern Map turtle which is a rare find at this park.
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Map Turtle - Graptemys Geographica
Debbie Oppermann
"Map Turtle I" by Debbie Oppermann. I was thrilled to spot this Northern Map Turtle, a species of concern, in the Shawanaga Bay, Georgian Bay Ontario Canada. These Northern Map Turtles, at the slightest hint of danger, slip in to the water. The Map Turtles are a freshwater turtle and the light markings on the shell resemble the contours of a map, hence the name. They like large bodies of water and areas with fallen trees, are carnivorous and feed on molluscs, insects and crayfish. This reptile was enjoying the sunny day as it soaked up the sun on a deadhead in the calm water.
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Northern Map Turtles
Pauline Donaldson
Each summer on our way to Bob's Lake, we have a contest to guess the number of turtles basking as we cross the causeway over Green Bay in South Frontenac, Ontario. The winner is the person with the closest number ABOVE the actual number seen. No one wins if there are ZERO turtles seen. Our son always guesses ‘32’ and only a few times he has won, including on the day this photo was taken i.e. with a new camera which allowed me to zoom in without disturbing them and to see for the first time the type of turtle we were counting (at least on that day).
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Northern Map Turtle - Graptemys Geographica
Debbie Oppermann
Sun Worshiper - I was thrilled to capture this Northern Map Turtle - a species of concern - on the Shawanaga River On, as they are quick to slip into the water at the slightest hint of danger