He said, she said, and now neither is speaking
It seems very early in spring to me, but already the local midland painted turtles are out basking in the sun.
These turtles are usually found in slow moving water such as the Holland Marsh where we found these. Painted turtles are "active" during the day (if you call sitting on a log "active") but spend the night at the bottom of a pond or stream.
Head, tail and legs tucked in
They are called "painted" because their olive-green shells (carapace) are bordered in red and...
Stretched out in the sunshine
their necks, heads and tails have yellow stripes.
Midland painted turtles are among North America's most common turtles and are found across southern and central Ontario. They are not considered endangered here, but they are in decline.