Yellow-bellied Slider

Camoflaged Turtles

Yellow-bellied Sliders were taking advantage of the sun on a recent walk around a pond, positioning themselves on anything sticking out of the water. They had traveled through duck weed and other pond vegetation to get to the coveted spots.

Yellow-bellied Slider
Yellow-bellied Slider

I don’t think the vegetation does a thing to protect the turtles. Alligators, the apex predator in this pond, follows his prey by motion and is himself camouflaged by the same pond covering.

Yellow-bellied Sliders
Yellow-bellied Sliders

The smallest turtle I saw added a leg extension to his pose, probably needing a little balance to stay on the pointed rock.

Yellow-bellied Slider
Yellow-bellied Slider

2 thoughts on “Camoflaged Turtles”

  1. Maybe their just trying their new carnival outfit and practising some figures as a ballet-dancer? (Some carnival events start in 2 weeks in the North Rhine Westphalia region, and that are my neighbours in Germany)

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