World Turtle Day + 1

by Greg Mayer

I was not aware that yesterday was World Turtle Day. My only excuse is that I had spent the previous nine days in Costa Rica, and thus was largely out of touch with the Internet. (More on Costa Rica later.) So, a day late, here are my turtles.

First, here’s Slidey, a Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans).

Slidey a Red-eared Slider.

This is a southern U.S. subspecies of a species complex widespread from the southeastern U.S. down into South America, and also found widely in the West Indies. This is one of the most popular turtles in the pet trade, and has become invasive in places. Even outside areas it can successfully reproduce, released individuals can survive. I have seen released/escaped individuals in New York, Maryland, and Wisconsin.

Here is me with Slidey (and also Toady, my Giant Toad [Bufo marinus]), at an eco-fair at Gateway Technical College in Racine, Wisconsin, in March, 2016. The theme of my exhibit was invasive species. (I also had a preserved lamprey, just barely visible in the jar below Slidey, and a small buckthorn which I had uprooted and brought in whole, whose branches can be seen sticking up above the Dell monitor. All these species are invasives which, at least in some places, have had negative consequences.)

Me, with Toady (a Bufo marinus) and Slidey.

Here is Snappy, a Snapping Turtle, (Chelydra serpentina), which is not an invasive species. It (or close relatives) is native from Canada down to northern South America.

Snappy, a Snapping Turtle.

And finally, not one of my turtles, but a Galapagos Tortoise from Charles Island.

Galapagos Tortoise, from Charles Island.

6 Comments

  1. Michael Fisher
    Posted May 24, 2018 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    You have a talent for naming critters Greg!

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted May 24, 2018 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

      Indeed you do.

  2. Christopher
    Posted May 25, 2018 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    Next March 20th (I think), on World Frog (&toad) Day we will have to see more of Toady. As for Snappy, I once raised 6 babies from eggs taken from their roadkilled mother, and as fond of them as I was, I was happy to release them back into the wild. Snapping turtles are eatin, crapping machines!

  3. Ken Kukec
    Posted May 25, 2018 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    I think the solution to the Monty Hall problem sheds its counter-intuitive nature if one imagines a stage with 10 doors. After you’ve made your pick, Monty opens eight and offers you a swap. The problem is the same — only the odds have changed (from 2-1 to 9-1) — but most people intuitively grasp the advantage to switching.

    The key, of course, is that Monty knows which door has the goat behind it and purposefully avoids opening it.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted May 25, 2018 at 8:17 am | Permalink

      Wrong post

  4. busterggi
    Posted May 25, 2018 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Great turtles!


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