Happy World Turtle Day from Phillip the Box Turtle!

Phillip the Box Turtle, photo by Kevin Povenz May 23rd is World Turtle Day, created by the good people at American Tortoise Rescue to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world. Every year I’m happy to report that one of the most popular features on Michigan in Pictures … Continue reading Happy World Turtle Day from Phillip the Box Turtle!

Egg Season for Michigan Turtles

Snapping Turtle, photo by Kevin Povenz I came across a cool video of a snapping turtle laying her eggs – check it out below! The Michigan Turtles page from the DNR says in part: Turtles reproduce by internal fertilization and produce shelled eggs deposited on land. Most mating takes place in spring after a brief … Continue reading Egg Season for Michigan Turtles

Turtles don’t care about personal space

Apparently turtles have no concept of “my personal space”, photo by Dale Devries Regular readers are aware that World Turtle Day is a big favorite of mine. It takes place a week from today on Tuesday, May 23rd, and I’m extra excited for this year as I will post the 10th and final turtle on my … Continue reading Turtles don’t care about personal space

Turtle Club

Turtle Club, photo by Andrew McFarlane “Am I not turtley enough for the turtle club?” -Dana Carvey, Master of Disguise Pretty sure it’s just sleeping. I took this photo last weekend on a walk along Lake Michigan in the Leelanau Conservancy’s Whaleback Natural Area just south of Leland. View it background big and see more in my … Continue reading Turtle Club

Happy World Turtle Day from the Red-eared slider

Trachemys scripta (Red-eared Slider), photo by Nick Scobel One of the most popular posts on Michigan in Pictures is Know Your Michigan Turtles, and World Turtle Day (May 23rd) is the perfect day to add another turtle to our list! Jim Harding’s MSU Critter Field Guide entry for the red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) says that the turtle is named for the … Continue reading Happy World Turtle Day from the Red-eared slider

Know Your Michigan Turtles: Eastern Box Turtle

Eastern Box Turtle, photo by Mark Swanson It’s been a while since I posted a turtle pic, and while I have a couple more Michigan turtles left to profile, this photo caught my eye today. The Herping Michigan Blog page on the Eastern Box Turtle says (in part) that: Of all Michigan turtles, the Eastern … Continue reading Know Your Michigan Turtles: Eastern Box Turtle