I’m crap at ID'ing reptile species. I found this guy in the woods near the swamp, on a patch of relatively dry ground, walking through the underbrush. It was very shy and not aggressive at all when I picked it up. I think it’s a mud turtle, or maybe a stinkpot?
These guys are stinkpot musk turtles that I got about four years ago from my veterinarian friend before I quit being a technician. They were about the size of a half-dollar. The last time she came over to see them she was like, “They’re HUGE!” I had no idea, since, I mean, they are still small.
Their new tank is a 20-gallon tank that I used to keep the box turtles in when we lived in an apartment, and I got them a really nice water filter (these guys are pooping machines!) They seem really happy, and I feel kind of bad for not giving them more water to swim in sooner. Better late than never, I guess.
So the other day I rescued a stinkpot turtle from a bridge, posted a picture, and got told that I shouldn’t turn the turtle over for a quick plastron pic for ID purposes, and not to tilt it backwards. Can someone explain this to me? Because I see plastron pics of turtles everywhere in my books and online, so I really didn’t think I was hurting anything.
Female stinkpot that I found crossing the road. She was returned to the exact position across the road that she was headed to. She was on her back for less than fifteen seconds for the plastron shot, I made sure not to flip her for too long.