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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.
Lat: 40.66, Long: -73.97
Spotted on Jun 15, 2012
Submitted on Jun 18, 2012
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