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Interesting basking technique

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  1. Shelly

    Shelly Active Member 10 Year Member! 5 Year Member

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

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    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.

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    He looks like he's strinking a pose! :)
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    Stephanie Logan Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Yes, like Kimberlee says, she's ready for her close-up! :D

    What a beauty queen. ;)
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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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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    Shelly Active Member 10 Year Member! 5 Year Member

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    Any idea of her species?
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    Looks to me like a big old Yellow-Bellied Slider (Trachemys scripta scripta).
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    Redfoot NERD Well-Known Member 10 Year Member!

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    My first thot is Chicken turtle from FL.?

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    Wrong head markings for yellow-belly....

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    Shelly Active Member 10 Year Member! 5 Year Member

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    Actually, her "belly" is kind of a pinkish/orange color.
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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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