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Painted Turtles Basking

After spending several months hibernating in the mud at the bottom of ponds, painted turtles are out, basking in the sun.  Because they are ectothermic, or cold-blooded, they are the same temperature as the air around them.  In order to warm up and also to properly digest their food, painted turtles bask in the sun, and there is great competition for safe basking locations, such as rocks and floating logs. When these ideal basking sites are limited, the turtles will pile up one on top of the other, staying that way until the bottom turtle gets good and tired of supporting the turtles on top of it, and wobbles enough to make the turtle tower tumble.

4 responses

  1. Elizabeth

    So Dr. Suess was right! Thanks for this interesting segment, though I am unhappy to see that spring is advancing so fast. Looks like it is going to turn out to be a lousy sugaring season.

    March 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm

  2. Our turtles hit the log rafts a little over a week ago, about 2 weeks earlier than normal. This crazy weather must have the critters so confused…

    March 16, 2012 at 4:31 am

  3. Natalie

    Are they poisonous

    July 22, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    • No, to my knowledge, no species of turtle in New England is poisonous.

      July 22, 2015 at 6:44 pm

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