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These newly hatched turtles are between 20 and 35 mm (3/4 to 1 3/8 inches) in length. Hatching usually takes place in late summer or early fall. Clutch sizes may be as large as 22 eggs, and some females lay more than 1 clutch per season.
Wide variety of aquatic habitats but prefers a mud bottom, lots of aquatic vegetation and basking sites. Can be found in both natural waters and man-made waters like ponds, ditches, and reservoirs.
Spotted on Oct 20, 2005
Submitted on May 2, 2012
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Fantastic! What a great thing to see this small gems!
Thanks Krista and Emily! You guys are too funny! I watched TMNT a little back in the day. :)
Exactly :) Should we search for the perfect rat to be their companion?
I would totally name them after the great master artists too...
How sweet. I want to give them colored face masks and tiny weapons. But seriously they are adorable.
@marylou.wildlife: this was from back in 2005, and a fellow grad student did incubate and hatch them in the lab. I did my graduate research on a much less photogenic turtle: Sternotherus odoratus. :) This was too cute of a picture - had to share!
Wow, this is too much cuteness for one picture. Did you incubate and hatch them yourself?
Aren't they sweethearts!