[Tweeters] Chelonian question

MaryFrances Mathis mf.mathis at comcast.net
Wed Oct 20 17:06:01 PDT 2021

Over the years at Juanita, I’ve witnessed at least two red-eared sliders digging nests along a dirt path, and have seen many small (young?) sliders and painted turtles. There have also been several other species of released turtles, but I can’t find my notes to identify them by name.

MaryFrances Mathis

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> On Oct 20, 2021, at 3:05 PM, Stan Bezimienny <grzebiuszkaziemna at gmail.com> wrote:



> Hi Gary,


> I have seen 3 species of turtles in Juanita Bay:


> 1. red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)

> 2. painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)

> 3. spiny softshell turtle (Apalone spinifera)


> All 3 are introduced pets, long living but likely non-breeding.


> 1. Common, invasive, older specimens can be completely black. I’ve seen them as late as 12/24, rather cold tolerant

> 2. Less frequently seen, mostly spring

> 3. At least 2 huge specimens, seen in late spring, 2 years in a row


> Have pictures to illustrate. All 3 species are reasonably easy to tell apart.

> 2. Is native to WA, but I think the JBP are released pets.


> Stan

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