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Title: Baby Painted Turtle
Medium: Digital Photography
Photographer: Aaron J. Greenblatt
Camera Type: Panasonic DMC-LZ7 Lumix 7.2 MP
Editing: Edited in PhotoShop 7.0 for color accuracy, size, and to apply copyright and border.

Location: Photograph taken in White Lake, Oakland County, Michigan.

Description: This is a baby Painted Turtle. As you can see in the above images, it’s not much bigger than an American quarter dollar. Every spring these baby Painted Turtles hatch and emerge from the sandy ground here in White Lake, Michigan. They then slowly make their way towards a body of water – usually a river or a lake.

Female Painted Turtles prefer soft, sandy soil with good exposure to the sun for their nest sites. I found this particular little turtle at the border where my sandy flower garden meets the grass. Its mother probably laid it (as an egg) somewhere in my flower garden and with the recent warm weather, it hatched.

So I plucked it up and brought it indoors where I took the top photograph – on my kitchen table. I then took it back outside and set it down gently on my deck where I took the lower photograph. The bottom of this turtle was a bright orange color.

Michigan law protects all but snapping turtles from commercial harvest and keeping wild turtles as pets (even baby ones) is illegal. So after photographing, I walked this little turtle across the street and let it go safely into a lake where it happily swam away. No doubt right now it’s probably munching on aquatic plants and doing whatever else it is that Painted Turtles do.

   :aww:

About Painted Turtles: The Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta) is a reptile that is common in southern Canada, the United States, and northern Mexico and is related to other water turtles such as sliders and cooters. Painted Turtles live in ponds, lakes, marshes, and in slow-moving rivers that have soft, muddy bottoms. The maximum carapace size, or shell length, for Painted Turtles is 10 inches (250 mm), or 25 cm.

During the winter, Painted Turtles hibernate by burying themselves deep in the mud beneath streams and ponds. The mud insulates the turtle, which helps prevent freezing during the harsh winter months. Painted Turtles can survive without oxygen at 3° Celsius (37.4°F) for up to five months, longer than any other known air-breathing vertebrate. Painted Turtles that have avoided predators and disease have been known to live longer than thirty years in the wild.

The Painted Turtle was designated the official state reptile of Michigan in 1995.

Information Sources:
[link] (wiki - Painted Turtle)
[link] (michigan.gov - turtles)
[link] (critterguy.museum.msu.edu - Michigan Turtle Field Guide)

Legal: Copyright © Aaron J. Greenblatt. All rights reserved. Commercial use prohibited. This image and commentary may not be used for any reason without expressed written consent.


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:iconsutatsujunkie:
SutatsuJunkie Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
DO WANT NOW!
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:iconchiminix:
Chiminix Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Sometimes I find them sunning themselves on the road. It's always an emotional time when I let them skitter off into a pond.
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
They're so adorable when they're so small. :aww:
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:iconsoapets:
Soapets Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW I HAVE ONE JUST LIKE THIS AWWWWWWWWW
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Yah, so cute!!! :aww:
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:iconxx-jeju-xx:
xX-Jeju-Xx Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i just got a turtle like this lol same size and everything lolz my family loves turtles XD
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Cool! :)
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:iconspanishartist:
spanishartist Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student General Artist
my red eared slider was that small as well when she was young. TOO CUTE!! :D
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Yah, they're so cute at that age! :aww:
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:icongeorgia-conroy:
georgia-conroy Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Professional Photographer
What an odd creature, yet the eyes sparkle and pardon the pun catch my eye.

Gorgeous!
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
Indeed. :nod:

These little turtles are usually quite dirty. I washed this one off before taking its picture. Sometimes they get so dirty that when I encounter one, they look like little clumps of dirt with legs and eyes.

:lol:
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:icongeorgia-conroy:
georgia-conroy Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Professional Photographer
Ah that is so interesting I have only seen turtles either in a zoo or a few in a pet shops aquarium. As a kid I remember seeing the shells of a 200yr old turtle in a zoo. It was massive to me but then I think I must have been like 3ft tall at the time haha. The patterns and colours of the shell is truly amazing.
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:iconbmxer197:
bmxer197 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
Wow, I've seen tons of painted turtles before, but I had no idea that they are this big when born. That's amazing!
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
I agree, it really is amazing how small they start off as.

:nod:

Many people probably don't see them this small because well, they're rather hard to see and find at this size. Which of course is beneficial if you're a baby turtle because then predators probably won't see you either so you won't get eaten.

:)
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:iconairjar:
AirJar Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
So tiny and cute!!!
Also It is a good picture :)
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
Thank you. :)
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:iconbluereptileraptor:
BlueReptileRaptor Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
nyaa so CUTE! 0w0 :+fav:
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
True! :aww:
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:iconssmurk:
ssmurk Featured By Owner May 5, 2009
aw <33 did you keep it?
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
Nope.

Read my Artist's Comments to find out why.

:)
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:iconssmurk:
ssmurk Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
ohhh i totally missed the lake part ^^; i did read the first time though xD
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
It's all good. :)

I'm sure that this little turtle right now is happily munching away on something tasty while enjoying his freedom.

:aww:
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:iconssmurk:
ssmurk Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
hehe, it probably is. or it's probably with the mommy
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
Mother turtles lay their babies as eggs and then abandon them. The babies have to fend for themselves.

:)
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:iconssmurk:
ssmurk Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
awwwwwwwww :( how sad!
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:iconoceanlanae:
oceanlanae Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Professional Photographer
Hecka cute! :heart:
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
Yah! :aww:
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:icontrombone-wolf:
trombone-wolf Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Oh so cute. I have one of these guys as a pet and I absolutly love painted turles.
I really like how tiny it is. The comparison def. makes it seem so small.
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
Thanks. :)
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:iconlycanthropeful:
lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your use of comparisons - the ridges in its tail mimic the ridges in the quarter, and in the bottom picture, the roundness of it being tucked in its shell is like the shape of the coin. Very nice.

It's just too adorable! :aww:
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Thank you for your critique.

I appreciate it. :)
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:iconeveelinaa:
EVEELINAA Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
OMGGG!!!
Thats soo cuteee!!!!!!
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
Indeed. :aww:
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:iconphoenix-cry:
Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
Wow! That is one tiny turtle!
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
Yes. It's a very new hatchling. :aww:
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:iconphoenix-cry:
Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
way cute! When I was young I scooped up a snapping turtle about that size in a net. I was just looking at him when he went CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP and ate a hole in the net and swam away. I was like 'hmmm...memo to me, do not mess with snapping turtles!'
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
We have snapping turtles here as well. They're not very nice - especially the large ones. And they can do some serious damage if they get hold of you.

:nod:
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:iconphoenix-cry:
Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
Well I'm sure if I had picked that little one up with my hands I would have learned that first hand. :giggle:
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
Painted Turtles are rather docile - which is especially nice when you have to carry one to a lake.

:lol:
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:iconphoenix-cry:
Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
I've helped a few of them across the pavement at the park, they haven't given me any trouble
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
:)
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:iconnocturnalzombi:
NocturnalZombi Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
oH, wow.

That's so cute!
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
Indeed. :aww:
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:iconjamie-knop:
Jamie-Knop Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
So ugly but cute.
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
It was actually more cute than ugly. You should have seen it walk its tiny way across my kitchen table. Absolutely adorable.

:aww:
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:iconjamie-knop:
Jamie-Knop Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
You let him free now? I wouldn't mind one, they would be the least amount of work :)
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
Yep, he's free. :)
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:iconagent-sarah:
Agent-Sarah Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww! Look at the little tail!
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:iconundistilled:
Undistilled Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
Isn't it just adorable? :aww:

In fact, everything about this little turtle was adorable. The Painted Turtle babies look almost exactly like the adults except the adults usually have more detailed markings and coloration - especially on the undersides of their shells.

So this little turtle was like a mini-turtle since it looked almost exactly like it will when it gets to adulthood.

:)
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:iconagent-sarah:
Agent-Sarah Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow.
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