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First turtle in ages


We rarely ever see turtles any more, so I was delighted to encounter this one as it was crossing a paved path that I use for my regular walks through the neighborhood.

17 thoughts on “First turtle in ages

    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Yes! We used to have many species of turtles here on the east coast, but they’re slowly dying away from pollution, habitat destruction, and vehicle strikes on all of our roads. Additionally, there was a period recently when they were being exported as a foodstuff to someplace (can’t remember where). The shell of this one is approximately 9 to 10 inches long and about 4 inches high. My wife thinks it’s an older turtle because the shell is so high.

      We also have huge snapper turtles. The biggest I’ve caught of those and relocated elsewhere could barely fit in the bottom of a large trash can — almost 2 feet in diameter, though they can get much larger than that given time.


    2. Lichtgewimmel

      Thank you for the response! That’s quite big! From the snappers I knew… I think those can become very big, if they get enough time. They even could become dangerous for humans.
      It’s a pitty, that mankind doesn’t take care more thoroughly of nature!


    3. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Yes — Cindy has been to Europe several times and I’ve been to Vienna, Austria once.

      If you see something you want to ask a question about, fire away! I’ll be happy to answer them.


    4. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      My wife looked it up and we have 19 different types of turtles in our state alone; you can read more about them here: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Plants_Wildlife/herps/Testudines/FieldGuide_OrderTestudines.asp

      Plus, we have more photos of turtles here on this site, which you can find at the following links:





  1. Elisa

    I have only seen one live turtle, that was just out there in the ‘middle’, and that was uhhhhh five or six years ago! I nearly stepped upon it at the water overlook. It blended into the clay and surrounding large stones. It was larger round than my shoe!


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      We nearly did the same thing with an enormous snapping turtle; I don’t know whom was more surprised — us or the snapper! When we moved it to a trashcan for safe relocating, it snapped a broomstick in half with its jaws!


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      This shot was taken with an iPhone from about 6-inches away. The turtle was in the middle of the walking path I was following, so I took a photo and moved him to the side he was trying to get to, so as to keep him from any harm.


    2. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      The cameras on the iPhone can really deliver when care is taken, like with these three:

      It’s just a matter of learning the tools available and leveraging their strengths.


    3. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      By the way, that Powershot Sx40 looks pretty decent; the only thing I would offer up about it is to use a tripod for any shot over 200mm and to lock the ISO at 100. Both of those suggestions will help to deliver the best from that camera, and are the same settings I use with my own.


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