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Red-eared Slider

Trachemys scripta elegans


An urban Red-eared slider basking in a lake in Brooklyn, New York's Prospect Park. Like all ectothermic reptiles, basking turtles like this one rely on their environment to control their body temperature. By stretching out its limbs, this turtle is maximizing the surface area for thermoregulation.


Spotted in an urban park in Brooklyn. Red-eared sliders survive and thrive in most freshwater habitats, and have become invasive species in many parts of the world where they out-compete native species.


As anyone who has attempted to get good photographs of basking turtles knows, they are quite skittish and dive into the water at the slightest noise. However, in habitats like zoos and city parks, basking turtles get accustomed to nearby humans. Lucky for me, as I was walking through this park with no real intention of taking photos of anything. Fortunately I had my compact Nikon on me to snap a few photos of these neat reptiles.

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shekainah d. alaban
shekainah d. alaban 11 years ago

Ha ha ha ha ! Right its planking. How about parkour can he do it?

shekainah d. alaban
shekainah d. alaban 11 years ago

Planking! lol.

MayraSpringmann 11 years ago

Cool picture!!!!

NeilDazet 11 years ago

Thanks Ava! There might already be a local mission like that. I'll definitely have to check it out when I change my location.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 11 years ago

Neil, when you get to Brooklyn, maybe you can start a Prospect Park mission, or a Parks of NY mission.
Love your informative notes.

NeilDazet 11 years ago

Thanks Kathleen! Although I was using 5X zoom, normally when I get this close to them they at least put their limbs down and grab the wood, maybe pause, then dive into the water. But, they are used to nearby people at this park so they just stay put and enjoy the sunlight.

KathleenMorganWalsh 11 years ago

Having a nice stratch while basking:) Nice capture!

NeilDazet 11 years ago

Hey Thanks Lorelei! I'm back home in Missouri now, but I move to Brooklyn in 2 weeks. Can't wait!

East End aka Lorelei
East End aka Lorelei 11 years ago

Love it Neil! It's so funny to see all 4 legs splayed out like that.
Welcome to New York, I hope you enjoy your stay :)

NeilDazet 11 years ago

Thank you Willie! I also enjoy reading descriptive notes on a spotting, especially when they combined with good photos!

williefromwi 11 years ago

great information on your spotting, I love when people spend some time and give great information along with their spotting. Thanks NeilDazet

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NYC, New York, USA

Spotted on Jun 15, 2012
Submitted on Jun 18, 2012

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