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~Yellow Bellied Slider~


~Yellow Bellied Slider~
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Copyright: Angela Reigelman (MommaMiaX3) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 99 W: 0 N: 215] (737)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-13
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS 12X Zoom, 52mm UV filter
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-17 7:45
Viewed: 3438
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Something a little different today. This Yellow Bellied Slider had found a nice sunny patch of grass to bask on. If you notice his carapace is covered with a thick blanket of algae. All of the turtles in this particular are that I captured him in, sport this green coat.

This is a large freshwater turtle reaching a maximum carapace length of 11.4 inches in the U.S. The carapace (upper shell) is oval, weakly keeled, and olive to brown with yellow markings. Old individuals may be completely black. The rear margin of the carapace is serrated. The plastron (lower shell) is yellow with black markings; usually there are two solid black spots on the rear plastron. There is a vertical yellow line behind the eye and stripes on the neck, arms, and legs. Eggs and nesting females have been found from May through July. There are usually from 10 to 12 eggs, although larger females may lay more. The newly-hatched young remain in the nest until heavy rains loosen the encrusted soil. Mating occurs in spring, fall, and winter months. The activity period is April through October. This turtle is frequently observed basking on banks or logs. These turtles overwinter in water in soft organic substrate, in muskrat burrows, and by simply sitting on the bottom.

This species is omnivorous as an adult and mostly carnivorous as a juvenile. They eat algae, seeds, plants, insects, spiders, crustaceans, tadpoles, fish, and carrion.

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Hello Angela,
I like the way you composed this picture! This is a beautiful animal and I like the brilliance on its shell :) I don't know if it would have been possible to brighter those dark tones a little? Nice one anyway with interesting notes. Thanks!
Claudine

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-17 12:13]

hi angela; Amazing shot. nice colours and sharpness. The POV, DOF and BG are excellent. well eye contact also interesting eyes. Very nicely composed TFS well done (of course ım keep in touch with you also waiting your new macro works):)
Best wishes
ridvan

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-17 17:13]

Hi Angela

The cool eye of the turtle brings this shot to life. Nice colours.

James

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-17 21:35]

Hi Ange,
Thanks for the great note and the nice closeup of mister rabbits worst nightmare. Good details on its' head and great colors, thanks for sharing.
Rick

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-17 22:52]

Hello Angela

A very handsome slider.Very good detail in the face ,especially the eye.These guys must spend a lot of time in the water to get the algae on their shell.Well focused with sharp detail.TFS

Rob

Hi Angela,
mmm... I like turtles.You have a nicely detailed shot of this turtle's face and that eye is fascinating with its jewel like glow.Do you another that shows more of this reptile,sure would love to see it.Well done on this one. Bob

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