Western Pond Turtle Basking on a Cliff Face

This turtle had climbed out of the water and was resting in the sun on a steep cliff face. Underneath this perch was an undercut. If danger approached, the turtle had to simply slide into the water and swim underneath that overhang to find safety. I floated toward the turtle from upstream, making sure not to make too much noise. As I got closer, I was pushed into the cliff face by the river's current. I had to grab hold and push off a bit so I wouldn't be pushed under the water. This disturbed the turtle, who dropped into the water. I followed with the camera, filming as the turtle dove and swam underneath me. They are very good swimmers. They may move slowly on land, but turtles are very quick in the water.
 


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Now available: "Animals Don't Cover Their Tracks - An Introduction to Animal Tracking" on CD! (Version 3.0) New drawings, more species, more photos, more extensive sections on tracking humans, more detailed directions for plaster casting, mystery tracks section, tracking stories section, and more. The CD features over 100 species, including special bonus sections with the tracks of some African and Australian animals. A large section on tracking lost people for search and rescue is included, with over four pages of photos showing the details of tracks and signs people leave. Easy to use format. This web site is limited by bandwidth, but the CD-ROM is not. The CD is available in my online store at: www.dirt-time.com  Works with Mac or PC. Happy tracking!!

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Also visit these fine stores for more products of interest:

NDN Pride shop - For Indian Pride items for all tribes. Custom items available on request.

ASL Signs of Love - For anyone who uses or is learning ASL, American Sign Language. Custom name items and more are available here.

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