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Tiny Turtles got their upgrade done today!

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.

Snapping Turtles: Venerable Denizens of Murky Waters

Snapping Turtles: Venerable Denizens of Murky Waters (John Davis takes a look at the “ancient” native.)

Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina), by Larry Master (www.masterimages.org)   [An introduction to the Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentine) by John Davis. Special thanks to Lake Placid based nature conservation photographer Larry Master (www.masterimages.org) for permission to feature his Snapping Turtle photographs in this post.] We are fortunate to have in the Champlain Basin at least…

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