Sunday, August 2, 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Friday, July 17, 2015

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Friday, July 10, 2015

Monday, July 6, 2015

My Cousin: Yellow-Blotched Map Turtle

The Yellow-Blotched Map Turtle, or yellow-blotched sawback, is a species of turtle in the Emydidae family. It is part of the narrow-headed group of map turtles. It is endemic to the southern United States and is limited to the Pascagoula River of Mississippi and most of its tributaries.

Yellow-blotched map turtles are medium to small-sized turtles, with males ranging from 3.5 to 4.5 inches in carapace length as adults. Adult females are larger, about 5 to 7.5 inches in carapace length. The yellow-blotched map turtle has the highest central keel of all map turtles.

Yellow-blotched map turtles feed mostly on insects, but are opportunistic feeders and also consume crustaceans and fish they also eat some fresh greens.

This species is listed as Threatened under the US Endangered Species Act due to a recent decline. This can be attributed to a low reproductive frequency as compared with most other map turtles. A high level of nest mortality due to fish crow predation and river flooding are also attributed to endangerment.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Feeding Time

For the big boys...

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Ready. Steady. Go!

(what a handsome devil!)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Saturday, June 6, 2015

My Cousin: The Ringed Map Turtle

The Ringed Map Turtle is found in the Pearl River and its tributaries in Mississippi and Louisiana.  The Pearl River is a large river that can have very swift currents when the water is high.

This is a small to medium size turtle. Males are about 3.5 to 4.5 inches as adults and females are about 5 to 7.5 inches long.  This turtle is part of the narrow head group of map turtles and therefore is mostly an insect eater, but they are also opportunistic so crustaceans and fish could also be eaten.  It has the typical map turtle central keel that is exaggerated as a hatchling and slowly wears down with age, especially old females. However, of all the map turtle species, this group (the sawback group) has the highest central keel. It also has a small plastral pattern that consists of a few horizontal lines.

Like the other sawbacks, the Ringed Map inhabits a sandy, mud bottomed river.  It is associated with brush piles (trees that have died and fell into the river). It spends much of the day basking on these fallen trees and quickly jumps into the water when approached. They seek refuge on the bottom of the river and in between the branches of the falling trees.


This species is endangered in the state of Mississippi, and federally threatened


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

Longtime Companions

Both a gal and her pet all grown up!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

If you mother is still alive, go have a walk with her today.

My mama has a long road to haul beginning today!
Good luck out there, Mama!