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Copyright: Durzan Cirano (cirano) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-29
Categories: Amphibians
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of Mesopotamia II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-04-01 9:51
Viewed: 2779
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Turtles are reptiles of the order Testudines (the crown group of the superorder Chelonia), characterised by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs that acts as a shield. "Turtle" may either refer to the Testudines as a whole, or to particular Testudines which make up a form taxon that is not monophyletic—see also sea turtle, terrapin, tortoise, and the discussion below.

The order Testudines includes both extant (living) and extinct species. The earliest known turtles date from 215 million years ago, making turtles one of the oldest reptile groups and a more ancient group than lizards and snakes. About 300 species are alive today,[citation needed] and some are highly endangered.

Like other reptiles, turtles are ectotherms—varying their internal temperature according to the ambient environment, commonly called cold-blooded. However, leatherback sea turtle have noticeably higher body temperature than surrounding water because of their high metabolic rate.

Like other amniotes (reptiles, dinosaurs, birds, and mammals), they breathe air and do not lay eggs underwater, although many species live in or around water. The largest turtles are aquatic.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Subphylum: Vertebrata

Class: Reptilia

Order: Testudines
Linnaeus, 1758

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Slav Durzan,
a beautiful picture of this Turtle, very good sharpness and splendid bright colours, good POV and very nice composition ina very beautiful environment
Best regards

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-04-01 10:40]

Hi Cirano,
Excellent photo of this Testudo sp.very nice Matricaria ? flowers too!

Slav Durzan,
Impressive capture of this big turtle enjoying a spring meadow, with tasty grasses! Great colours and sharpness> Very good eye contact. Cheers,

Ciao Durzan. Intrigant view trought the grass/flowers. Very good DOF and excellent details. Magic playing of light.


Selamlar durzan bey,
çok şık bir kare olmuş,
papatyalarla nefis bir tür.

Ciao Durzan, lovely turtle in a wonderful natural ambientation, great comoposition with beautiful flowers, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Merhabalar ,
Boynunu uzatıp harika bir şekilde bakmasını güzel bir şekilde yakalamışsınız .
Tebrik ederim.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-04-01 13:52]

Hello Durzan.
Very cute turtle,I love the poV, with its head sticking out of the grass. Lovely colors and sharpness, too.
Best regards Siggi

Ahhh dostum... enfes bir Mauremys rivulata (Çizgili Kaplumbağa, Stripe-necked turtle veya terrapin) çalışması. Eline ve emeğine sağlık.
Bi slaven germ...
spas ü piroz dikim..


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-04-02 0:12]

Slav Durzan,
an exciting view of this turtle among the flowery grasses. Beautiful captured subject in clarity and you have emphasis the texture on its shell so well.
Well presented compposition.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-02 0:40]

Hello neighbour Durzan,
Beautiful coloured photo of this turtle in a great natural evironment. Pleasing clarity. Excellent sharpness, details and composition.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-04-02 4:26]

Hello Durzan,
How lovely is this shot....a Turtle in the middle of a Camomilla-field. That looks so pleasing and natural. Colors, light, composition and sharpness are excellent!
Thanks and kind regards

Hello Durzan
beautiful image of this turtle in the meadow full of nice flowers, very sunny and friendly colors, great pose and lovely details
Have a great WE

beautiful shot from a nice pov!

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