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by TurtleTim
October 7th, 2017, 1:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: This Year in PA (and some AZ)
Replies: 5
Views: 3477

Re: This Year in PA (and some AZ)

Nice shots!

In case you didn't notice, you also have a few Northern map turtles mixed in with your basking Painted turtles.
by TurtleTim
June 11th, 2016, 4:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Post photos of wild herps feeding
Replies: 56
Views: 33991

Re: Post photos of wild herps feeding

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by TurtleTim
April 24th, 2016, 11:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Headless Giant Salamander Question (Beware - Gory Picture)
Replies: 72
Views: 30592

Re: Headless Giant Salamander Question (Beware - Gory Pictur

I know little of Salamanders, and even less of California fauna, but maybe it had eaten a batch of snail eggs prior to meeting its end? Kind of looks like snail eggs to me, although far bigger than what I'm accustomed to seeing in the Midwest... just going out on a limb and guessing that if you have...
by TurtleTim
April 12th, 2016, 3:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Monitor lizard stuck in Broward County, FL
Replies: 7
Views: 2999

Re: Monitor lizard stuck in Broward County, FL

Invasive or not, that's great you were able to help it get out of there. :thumb:
by TurtleTim
April 4th, 2016, 8:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Chelonians in the news!
Replies: 9
Views: 4005

Re: Chelonians in the news!

You definitely chose the right genus to make it sound somewhat plausible!
by TurtleTim
April 3rd, 2016, 8:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Chelonians in the news!
Replies: 9
Views: 4005

Re: Chelonians in the news!

Someone put a lot of thought into this April fools. :thumb:
by TurtleTim
July 2nd, 2014, 6:16 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Snake can't handle centipede prey
Replies: 4
Views: 2970

Re: Snake can't handle centipede prey

Large centipedes are like, all of my nightmares condensed into one many legged horror. The image of it bursting through the snake is only slightly less terrifying then the thought of something willingly putting it in its mouth.

Lol.
by TurtleTim
July 2nd, 2014, 4:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some 2014 turtles
Replies: 15
Views: 3457

Re: Some 2014 turtles

Amazing pictures! I'm super jealous of the G. n. delticola shots you took. I lack the camera lens that will get those natural basking poses, so I gotta get in there and catch 'em by hand and settle with a shy, posed picture..haha. I just spent some time in MS and AL a few weeks back and managed to c...
by TurtleTim
June 7th, 2014, 6:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Recent Herps, and a turtle I.D
Replies: 15
Views: 3187

Re: Some Recent Herps, and a turtle I.D

Everyone is correct with the P. nelsoni ID. She's just melanistic. Melanism in Pseudemys doesn't seem to be commonly encountered. In advanced cases it can change the yellow striping on the limbs to red while the black/red of the carapace and plastron darken and sometimes form a reticulated pattern. ...
by TurtleTim
May 15th, 2014, 5:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pics from Kayaking Trips in Florida
Replies: 14
Views: 3477

Re: Pics from Kayaking Trips in Florida

Canoeing or kayaking Florida spring runs is probably my favorite thing to do. Ever. Recently, I've been spending more time exploring the panhandle though. Gorgeous area. Thanks for sharing the pics, your Weeki Wachee shots brought back good memories. Last time I was there I was snorkeling and chasin...
by TurtleTim
May 15th, 2014, 5:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: April Spottie success
Replies: 7
Views: 2225

Re: April Spottie success

Great shots! I've only seen a single spottie in the Great Lakes region...an old male that was as smooth as polished stone. Found many on the East coast, though.

Looks like you have a good place for them with all of the younger ones you've found. Very cool. :D
by TurtleTim
May 15th, 2014, 4:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some good southeastern stuff from last fall up until now
Replies: 15
Views: 3568

Re: Some good southeastern stuff from last fall up until now

You have excellent photography skills! Loved the diversity in your post as well.

The Mud salamander pic made me laugh. Too cute. Almost as cute as a hatchling gopher with its little hatchling burrow.

Thanks for posting!
by TurtleTim
March 26th, 2014, 5:47 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: some of mine
Replies: 3
Views: 10051

Re: some of mine

That is one creepy looking crustacean! I like your tank, very pleasing to look at. :thumb:
by TurtleTim
March 26th, 2014, 5:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring in Indiana
Replies: 13
Views: 3140

Re: Spring in Indiana

Great pics, still not much happening around N. IL...we still have 12" of ice in most spots I frequent! This has been a difficult winter to suffer through.

That Rainbow darter is amazing.
by TurtleTim
March 26th, 2014, 5:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NM, AZ, FL, NC, CA, & TX - Shuffled
Replies: 58
Views: 26963

Re: NM, AZ, FL, NC, CA, & TX - Shuffled

Far too many amazing pictures to pick a favorite, but the miles of fog would have been awesome to see in person. I laughed at the prairie dog living next to McDonalds. The first cropped pic just painted a far different picture in my head...lol The picture you have titled FL cooter is a Chicken turtl...
by TurtleTim
December 14th, 2013, 2:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aug-Nov 2013
Replies: 21
Views: 3199

Re: Aug-Nov 2013

Your Graptemys pictures always leave me extremely jelly. I only hope I'm half as lucky as you have been this year when I take a shot at seeing them in the wild next spring. :D Your G. n. nigrinoda are the southern subspecies, G. n. delticola . Delta maps are high on my list of favorite turtles. Grea...
by TurtleTim
July 31st, 2013, 10:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Graptemys ID help sought
Replies: 9
Views: 2010

Re: Graptemys ID help sought

You're correct, they're G. flavimaculata. Beautiful pictures of a rarely seen species!

Oh, and the turtle you have labeled Mystery map turtle is a young G. gibbonsi.
by TurtleTim
July 18th, 2013, 9:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some summer turtles
Replies: 19
Views: 3652

Re: Some summer turtles

Excellent pictures! Thanks for sharing. Awesome mutica shot. I'd love to see them in the wild eventually.
by TurtleTim
June 21st, 2013, 5:17 pm
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Periodical Cicadas
Replies: 4
Views: 2165

Re: Periodical Cicadas

Love me some cicadas! Have to wait until 2024 to see 'em again around here. :sleep:
by TurtleTim
June 20th, 2013, 8:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: IL dark headed Common Musk Turtle
Replies: 6
Views: 2369

Re: IL dark headed Common Musk Turtle

Oh, and when I say quite a few, I'm talking 4 or 5 in the span of 3 or 4 years. Haha
by TurtleTim
June 20th, 2013, 7:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: IL dark headed Common Musk Turtle
Replies: 6
Views: 2369

Re: IL dark headed Common Musk Turtle

My best advice is to not specifically search for them. That, or do a lot of shore fishing and they'll just show up. lol I've seen quite a few at Bangs lake in Wauconda, but very sporadically. Sit on a pier long enough and you eventually see them climbing the pylons in 6-8' of water in the early morn...
by TurtleTim
June 20th, 2013, 7:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Chinese Softshell Turtle
Replies: 6
Views: 1760

Re: The Chinese Softshell Turtle

60 cm is far too large for it to be a Pelodiscus. A large adult female Chinese softshell would be a huge specimen at 30 cm. Wish I could help you narrow the I.D down, but I'm terrible with Asiatic softshells. :crazyeyes:
by TurtleTim
June 19th, 2013, 10:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Chinese Softshell Turtle
Replies: 6
Views: 1760

Re: The Chinese Softshell Turtle

That's a very dark turtle if it is a Pelodiscus! How large was it?
by TurtleTim
June 19th, 2013, 9:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: IL dark headed Common Musk Turtle
Replies: 6
Views: 2369

Re: IL dark headed Common Musk Turtle

Very cool shot! I think I can count the number of musk turtles I've found in IL on one hand, even though they're considered a locally common species. The older ones do tend to lose most of the characteristic striping. That turtles also a male. The tail is far too large for a female. You can see how ...
by TurtleTim
June 17th, 2013, 10:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Blandings Turtles nesting yet?
Replies: 4
Views: 1828

Re: Blandings Turtles nesting yet?

Just to follow up on the camping trip. We only observed several western painted, snapping turtle and Graptemys ssp nesting, but we did see somewhere around 20 female Blanding's crossing roads heading into sandy upland habitat in two short evenings (14-15th). We helped a few across when we weren't th...
by TurtleTim
June 17th, 2013, 9:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: good weekend from wisconsin
Replies: 12
Views: 2076

Re: good weekend from wisconsin

<--- Very envious. That wood turtle is gorgeous. I just spent a few days up in N. Wisconsin searching for woodies and hogs, and got skunked on both. I did find a huge Fox though...didn't cut it as a consolation prize however.

Thanks for sharing!
by TurtleTim
June 11th, 2013, 3:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mackay Island NWR Part Two
Replies: 4
Views: 1810

Re: Mackay Island NWR Part Two

I never knew snakes could drop tails. Neat! One day I'll find a mud snake and that will be a great day.

Thanks for sharing!
by TurtleTim
June 11th, 2013, 3:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Blandings Turtles nesting yet?
Replies: 4
Views: 1828

Re: Blandings Turtles nesting yet?

I stumbled across a recently predated Blanding's nest yesterday in N. Illinois. Nesting season is a few weeks late for us this year, too. This weather really seems to have set them back, but the snappers and painted's are finally out in force now. How badly were your populations affected by the drou...
by TurtleTim
June 8th, 2013, 9:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Another odd Blandings turtle shell...
Replies: 2
Views: 1724

Re: Another odd Blandings turtle shell...

I've found quite a few box turtles in Florida with similar damage. It seems to always be accompanied by old burn damage so perhaps it's caused by a secondary infection. I have a Wood turtle that underwent a massive infection after being chewed on by a squirrel and the healed mess looks very much the...
by TurtleTim
June 8th, 2013, 8:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Video of my Mud Snake eating an Amphiuma
Replies: 9
Views: 2412

Re: Video of my Mud Snake eating an Amphiuma

Very cool to see! Thanks for sharing.
by TurtleTim
June 8th, 2013, 8:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A couple Thai turtle ID's needed
Replies: 4
Views: 1095

Re: A couple Thai turtle ID's needed

I'm not 100% certain on the first, but it appears to be a melanistic Trachemys ssp. Highly likely T. s. elegans - Red eared slider.

The second is a Chinese softshell. Pelodiscus sinensis
by TurtleTim
May 10th, 2013, 10:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Deformed Florida Red-bellied Cooter
Replies: 4
Views: 3384

Re: Deformed Florida Red-bellied Cooter

Here's another slider with a very similar deformity to the yellow bellied you found. Very unusual looking.

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by TurtleTim
April 23rd, 2013, 9:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle Icicles
Replies: 13
Views: 4054

Re: Turtle Icicles

predated by what? That's a pretty insane number of turtles. My guess is 'coons. Most of the shells were found piled around the bases of old oak trees within 30 meters of the water. Maybe scavenged would be a better word. The first 46 were found just after the ice had thawed, so I initially assumed ...
by TurtleTim
April 23rd, 2013, 9:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle Icicles
Replies: 13
Views: 4054

Re: Turtle Icicles

Very interesting. I've also found this Spring to be a nightmare of turtle mortality, and seeing your observations leads me to believe this probably isn't a locale specific event. How sad. I'm used to seeing a few dead turtles after the first thaw, but this year the body count has risen into the hund...
by TurtleTim
December 16th, 2012, 2:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Can I get an ID on this turtle please?
Replies: 8
Views: 1252

Re: Can I get an ID on this turtle please?

Pseudemys nelsoni
by TurtleTim
December 5th, 2012, 2:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2012 EOY Turtle Report - NE Chapter
Replies: 13
Views: 20770

Re: 2012 EOY Turtle Report - NE Chapter

Excellent pictures! I love the geographica shots. I would love to find a place to photograph them like that around here, but as hard as I try I can't seem to sneak close enough for anything but mediocre photos. I love the turtle diversity of the N.E. I spent a few spring vacations out that way, and ...
by TurtleTim
December 5th, 2012, 11:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: December Turtles
Replies: 2
Views: 758

Re: December Turtles

I definitely wouldn't care to jump back into that water after a little sun bathing. Crazy turtles.
by TurtleTim
December 5th, 2012, 11:03 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: strangest thing you ever caught
Replies: 48
Views: 54902

Re: strangest thing you ever caught

My strangest fish catch was a 26" Bowfin caught while cattin' late at night. I had read about them in books, but had never seen one before. I was about to grab the lower jaw when I realized it wasn't a catfish in my net. That could have been a painful lesson. I caught a pelican in Florida after I br...