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Sicilian pond turtle

Emys trinacris


In my city, not far from the city center, there is this little green area with this small pond. Due to lack of funds for the area maintenance, the little pond has become a real wild place (the only positive aspect of this lack of funds). Days before this spotting I saw a big coypu swimming around. I returned with my camera and spent a lot of time waiting for the right moment and the right place for taking pictures. Suddenly, while all the other little animals were running away frightened by my unexpected presence, I saw this very relaxed turtle. I approched her slowly until I came very close and discovered she was really at ease with the situation. After the first shot, she turned her head and pointed her tired eyes on me like saying: "Come on, dude, do what you have to do and leave me in peace". It was amazing! *(I apologize for my probably bad English)

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Sicilian pond turtle
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p.young713 12 years ago

Your Welcome! Beautiful turtle!!

Thank you both, especially to p.young for the suggestion ! I found her in a small pond near home. She wasn't scared, like she was waiting for her photos.

p.young713 12 years ago

Very good photo!

marta vázquez
marta vázquez 12 years ago


I really can't identify this turtle.
She could be a Painted Turtle, chrysemys picta...

Cremona, Lombardia, Italy

Spotted on Sep 24, 2011
Submitted on Sep 24, 2011

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