Monday, March 10, 2008

Pond Sliders in the Park

I saw these Pond Sliders (trachemys scripta) in Agua Caliente Park last March. According to the Reptiles of Arizona web site, they are found in shallow, permanent water with abundant vegetation and as soft bed.  They are often seen basking the sun or floating in sun-warmed water. They forage during the day and spend the night on the bottom of the pond or river. This turtle is an omnivore that feeds on a variety of aquatic plants, crayfish, snails, insects, tadpoles, and fish. 

1 comment:

robin andrea said...

Pam, you have been posting such beautiful photos lately. These turtles are grand. The wigeons are beautiful (I've never seen one). I'm glad to see what you've been seeing lately. Quite lovely.