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Red-eared Slider


Red-eared Slider
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-23
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Konica Minolta Dimage Z2, 52mm UV + Circ. Polarizer
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-11-06 4:58
Viewed: 4631
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)

Red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans) are probably the most commonly kept reptile in the world.

Red-eared sliders are webbed-footed water turtles that typically have a red streak on each side of the head, and sometimes a red spot on top of the head. The red streak is sometimes broken up into two or three spots, and varies in shade from orange to deep red. Some red-eared sliders don't have the red streak! The typical hatchling red-ear has an attractive green carapace and skin. The carapace is finely patterned with yellow-green to dark green markings. As the turtles age, the general shell color changes. In young adults the basic green may be replaced by yellow, giving way eventually to a more somber drab olive. The shell is patterned with dark lines, streaks or smudges, sometimes with patches of white, yellow or even red. Identification problems can arise because the red-ear intergrades with turtles such as the yellow-bellied slider in the wild, and they often interbreed with other sliders in captivity. Red-eared sliders have the distinction of probably being the first turtle species to have color variants (such as albino and the pretty pastel phase) developed by breeders.

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Hi Pam
Nice "terrapin" for me. Compo on diagonal work too. but you were standing. Kneel down or sit to get on to his level, even better, lie down flat and poke the lens in his face. This improves you POV very much. I know this is not always possible, but when feasible, try it!

Nice shot Pam.
The composition and colours are good.
I'm agree with Callie, down on your knees for a better angel.
Well done.

wow, get out of the way man! he's gonna jump at you!well, al least he is looking like that!
good shot, good pov and compo.colours are good to, nice job!

I think the fact that he looks at you in such an interesting manner makes this POV work. The details and DOF are nice. Well done.

  • Great 
  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-07 1:07]

I see Kirsten has 1st hand experience of jumping terrapin's :)

Nice capture and good color, but I agree with Callie that a lower angle would have had more impact.

Thanks for posting

Looks like he's saying hello! Great capture!

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