View Full Version : turtle in backyard (looky josh)

14-07-2009, 05:42 PM
Saw this turtle on my patio. He must have come from the water, as he had a snail on his back.



14-07-2009, 05:48 PM
Wow, fantastic photo's and such lovely colours on his face - thank you for sharing :wave:

14-07-2009, 05:50 PM
Great photos :yes:
What type of turtle is he Josh?

14-07-2009, 05:54 PM
Yes, definitely ask josh. :lol:

Thanks! He obviously gave me enough time to get my camera, as he wasn't moving too fast. ;)

14-07-2009, 06:48 PM

lovely pics !!

Love how the light reflects on its eye!

how big was it Billie?

14-07-2009, 06:54 PM
awww look at that - soooo cool! what a fabulous face :yes:

14-07-2009, 07:22 PM
Wow! great photo hun adn lovley colours. :)

14-07-2009, 07:49 PM
oh wow thats lovely

14-07-2009, 08:29 PM
How adorable :)

s/he is a red eared slider (trachemys scripta elegans) and they are fairly common in the pet-trade thanks to the Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles- I'd be willing to bet there is one in 50% of the lakes or canals in the UK!!! People dumped them once they realised their little baby the size of a 50p turned out to be the size of a large dinner plate!

Sadly many are killed because of an old wives tale that they eat ducks and destroy local wildlife. Apart from the fact that they are scared of ducks, when they are adults they only really eat vegetation, when they are small their diet consists of lots and LOTS of protein (from fish), but when they are small they would be too small to eat a duck.

A friend has a group of 3 in his pond that are all rescues- the UK is over-run with this type of turtle as the pet trade sell them for about 10 and say "they only grow as big as their tank"- and people are a bit peed off when 4 years later they have something the size of a dinner plate that needs a 6ft tank and expensive filters, or an outdoor pond in the summer!

Woops.. went off on a bit of a tangent there!!

Thank you for sharing those great pics and thinking of me :hug2:

14-07-2009, 09:14 PM
Thanks everyone. And thanks Josh for the knowledge!

I'd say he (I'm just calling him a eye, I didn't check) is about 5 inches wide, but a little longer.

14-07-2009, 09:18 PM
Did he have really long claws or where they short and stubby?

14-07-2009, 09:22 PM
long and skinny

14-07-2009, 09:32 PM
It's a boy then :)

14-07-2009, 10:16 PM
Well, that's cool. I didn't even have to tip him over. ;)

14-07-2009, 10:20 PM
LOL- The males have really long claws because they 'scratch/stroke' their female counterparts before mating to let them know they want to mate. :rotfl:

14-07-2009, 10:49 PM
Ahhh, their way of foreplay. :lol:

14-07-2009, 10:51 PM
nice...now I have a turtle with the Pepe Le Pew voice in my head.....

14-07-2009, 10:56 PM
nice...now I have a turtle with the Pepe Le Pew voice in my head.....


15-07-2009, 03:06 PM
nice...now I have a turtle with the Pepe Le Pew voice in my head.....


FD, those are great pics! And good info Josh, thanks :thumbsup:

FD, are you sure you don't live in a zoo or something hun? You seem to have so many animals in your garden :D

15-07-2009, 05:27 PM
I know Deb! They're everywhere. I've seen geese, ducks, squirrels, raccoons, chipmunks, one deer, foxes, and now a turtle. Oh, and some cranes and blue herrings.
It's amazing.