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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

TURTLES OF THE NORTHEAST


EASTERN BOX TURTLES ARE FOUND IN THE HUDSON VALLEY, ON LONG ISLAND AND IN EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN NEW YORK. THEY LIVE IN WOODLANDS, MEADOWS, PASTURES AND OLD FIELDS. THEIR HIGHLY DOMED SHELLS AVERAGE ABOUT 6 INCHES LONG.


PAINTED TURTLES ARE COMMON AND WIDESPREAD THROUGHOUT THE NORTHEAST. THEY PREFER PONDS, MARSHES, LAKES AND SLOW STREAMS. THEY EMERGE FROM HIBERNATION EARLY IN SPRING, BASKING TOGETHER ON HALF-SUBMERGED LOGS. SHELL SIZE AVERAGES 5 INCHES.


WOOD TURTLES ARE MOST OFTEN FOUND ALONG RIVERS AND STREAMS. TYPICALLY ACTIVE BY DAY, THEY EAT WORMS, INSECTS, LEAVES, BERRIES AND FUNGI. SHELL SIZE AVERAGES 7 INCHES.


SNAPPING TURTLES PREFER SLOW-MOVING SHALLOW WATER WITH A MUDDY BOTTOM. THEY ARE HIGHLY AQUATIC, OFTEN RESTING HALF-BURIED IN MUD. NESTING OCCURS IN JUNE, WHEN FEMALES LUMBER OUT OF THE WATER TO DIG NESTS IN SANDY SOILS, OFTEN ALONG ROADS AND SOMETIMES IN YARDS.

Photos by Rick Marsi.  August 2014. All rights reserved.