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Interesting basking technique

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Shelly

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I have a large turtle that has an interesting way of basking.



She always basks in this position, never in any other way... facing away from pond, with back feet in the water, Sometimes she will lift her feet out of the water, extended away from her body, then after a period of time she will lower them into the water again.
I think in doing so, she is regulating her body temperature. She is a big girl, over 7 pounds, so walking around on land to reposition herself probably takes a lot more energy than her current method.
I think she's pretty smart!
BTW, if anybody can ID her species for me, I would certainly appreciate it.

 

Yvonne G

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She must be a "backwards" pusher to escape the dangers encountered out of the water. Probably feels safer pushing backwards than diving in frontwards. Such a pretty turtle! And SO big!
 

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Looks to me like a big old Yellow-Bellied Slider (Trachemys scripta scripta).
 

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My first thot is Chicken turtle from FL.?

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Dane said:
Looks to me like a big old Yellow-Bellied Slider (Trachemys scripta scripta).
Wrong head markings for yellow-belly....

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The markings on her shell and head are not the same as a florida chicken turtle- there's much more yellow on them.
 
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