Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The signs of spring...


A pair of Stinkpot turtles feeling frisky in the marshes...

Are you getting spring fever?

18 comments:

Thiên said...

I love turtles and I LOVE this shot. The greens are so soothing and at the same time energizing.

Frank said...

Turtle Porn!

This needs a TTT Rating.

Nikon said...

Do you mean am I feeling frisky in the marshes?
I don't think my stinkpot will be in the mood 'till April here at the earliest.
(No, I don't know what that means, either!)

AraratDailyPhoto said...

So - do they actually stink?

Jilly said...

Oh what a fab photo. Amazing creatures with their striped necks and feet and that dark shell. Never seen them before or even heard of them. So do they stink? Perhaps it's the slime on their backs that makes them smell. I presume they 'roll in mud' but turtles don't roll, do they? Submerge? Explanation please...

Helen said...

Stinkpot Turtles ... Never heard of them. Do they actually stink!?

Peter said...

Everybody (almost) already asked if they stink, so I guess you have to answer the question now!

This photo is really nice and it's clearly a different "spring photo"!

... and YES, I feel the spring (perhaps not quite a "fever") ... and today the sun is shining again! Time to leave the PC!

oldmanlincoln said...

Nice photograph, Isabella. I wish we had some here. We used to but they disappeared a long time ago.

Sonia said...

Nice photo, Isabella. I like those leaves on the marshes.

isabella said...

Do they stink? Well, wouldn't you if you were rolling in the swamp...er...marshes all day long?

Stinkpot turtles (Sternotherus odoratus), along with the three other musk turtle species will secrete a foul smelling oily liquid when threatened. Males are especially aggressive and will quickly bite an aggressor.chelonia.org

How typical ;-)

Lessie said...

I love turtles! Something so sweet about them...even when frisky.

Kate said...

I swear that I posted a comment on here earlier. I guess I just don't check carefully after I write my comments. My question was: where are the blogger turtle-porn police?

Chris said...

Hmmmm. . .I had the same thing happen as Kate. Oh, well. . .All I said was that I had never heard of this breed. Very interesting looking turtles.

PA said...

Not yet...

Nikon said...

"Males are especially aggressive and will quickly bite an aggressor.chelonia.org

How typical ;-)"
Oh, be quiet :-)

pope benoit III said...

Yes.

Jana said...

Nice photo!!!

Anonymous said...

These aren't actually stinkpots. You'll rarely ever find a stinkpot basking as they're nocturnal and bottom dwelling. They do stink pretty bad if you disturb one.