[Tweeters] off-topic chelonian question

Gary Bletsch garybletsch at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 19 20:02:15 PDT 2021

Dear Tweeters,
A week or so ago, I observed several turtles basking on logs at Juanita Bay Park in Kirkland. One of the biggest individuals had many yellow stripes on the skin. Most if not all of the others were mostly all dark-skinned. Does anyone out there in Tweeterland know what species of turtles live there? I am hoping that at least some of them might be Pacific Pond Turtles, as that species is said to be rare and declining. 
We have a few turtles in a slough near my house in Skagit County. Mrs. Bletsch sees them all the time on her walks. I always assume that they are just some sort of pet turtles that people have released.
I hope someone can come out of his or her shell and answer my question!
Yours truly,
Gary Bletsch
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