[Tweeters] turtles (off subject)
tweeters at dartfrogmedia.com
Wed Mar 11 10:16:29 PDT 2015
I have seen Soft-shelled Turtles from 4" to 18"
across in the north end of Union Bay. This
invasive species (sometimes raised as a food
source for humans) is reputed to be a successful
competitor to existing species, so I assume it is
breeding there. I've seen them in Juanita Bay Park as well.
Western Painted Turtles are so ubiquitous that I
must believe they, too, are breeding.
At Juanita Bay Park, I have seen and photographed
Red-eared Sliders laying their eggs in holes they
dug on the slope west of the restrooms.
At 12:14 AM 3/11/2015, Rob Conway wrote:
>Red Eared Slides are definitely breeding and
>successfully hatching at Lake Sammamish. In
>August 2008 I ran across a hatching event near
>the Rowing Club with at least 20 tiny turtles
>pushing out of the nest and scrambling to the
>pond near the rowing club. One can see many
>sizes and ages of Red Ears and other turtles at that location.
>45.58°N 122.44°W - elevation 310 ft.
><mailto:robin_birder at hotmail.com>robin_birder at hotmail.com
>Date: Sun, 8 Mar 2015 19:27:06 +0000
>From: garetpeter at comcast.net
>To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
>Subject: [Tweeters] turtles (off subject)
>A while back on Tweeters,must have been January
>when there were first of the year reports of
>seeing turtles on logs basking in the winter
>sun, there were questions and speculations in
>whether there was any successful reproduction of
>the turtles in western Washington.
>I have posted some photos on my Facebook
>that suggest that there is very likely some red
>eared slider reproduction in Green Lake. One
>image shows turtles sunning on logs and a
>distribution of sizes and presumably of ages of
>individuals, from the larger to smaller.
>Second picture is of an individual on the shore
>in the grass, presumably seeking a location to
>lay eggs. I have seen other turtles this spring
>on the shore at the same location, one was
>struggling to clamber through the cattails in front of the grassy slope.
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