Spring weather brings us out into the open

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Ed Helmick

Look around at what a nice warm spring day brings out. We see peo­ple work­ing in their yards, driv­ing around in con­vert­ibles and go­ing fish­ing to en­joy be­ing out­side af­ter a long win­ter. While en­joy­ing a pic­nic lunch in the sun­shine at Spring Lake the other day, we dis­cov­ered tur­tles bask­ing in the sun. At first sight, my wife and I just no­ticed bumps on a log. Closer in­spec­tion re­vealed a to­tal of five tur­tles on a log just off the shore­line of the lake. That was a wildlife sight­ing that we were not ex­pect­ing. Wow, an­other ex­am­ple of what spring weather brings out.

The tur­tle species is known as the Red- eared Ter­rapin, also com­monly known as the Red-eared Slider. The name comes from a red stripe be­hind the eyes and their abil­ity to slide off rocks and logs quickly when they feel threat­ened. They are cold-blooded rep­tiles and uti­lize the en­vi­ron­men­tal tem­per­a­ture to reg­u­late their body tem­per­a­ture. That is why they en­joy sun­bathing on warm days. It ap­peared that they not only en­joyed bask­ing in the sun, but they en­joyed do­ing it as a group lined up next to one an­other.

The tur­tles we saw ap­peared to be about seven to eight inches long, with one slightly smaller than the oth­ers. A cou­ple of times we saw a tur­tle slide off the log, swim around and climb back up on the log. It was a fun sight­ing and added a great deal to our lunch ex­pe­ri­ence. It left us ap­pre­ci­at­ing the lit­tle trea­sures our cre­ator has pro­vided us. Thanks for the change of sea­son, we all en­joy it.

Photo by Ed Helmick

Red-eared Ter­rapin

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