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|This picture was taken in the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the United States. |
The painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) is the only species in the genus Chrysemys, which is part of the pond turtle family Emydidae. It lives in slow-moving fresh waters, from southern Canada to Louisiana and northern Mexico, and from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific. Fossils show that the painted turtle existed 15 million years ago, but four regionally based subspecies (the eastern, midland, southern, and western) evolved during the last ice age. The adult female is 10–25 cm (4–10 in) long and weighs 300–500 g (11–18 oz); the male is smaller. The turtle's shell is smooth, oval, and flat-bottomed. Its skin is olive to black with red, orange, or yellow stripes on its head and extremities.
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Thanks for sharing this almost jolly image of "The Three Amigos". I surely like your title just as much as I like your image. This is not reptiles we see often on the gallery and here you have a trio, all basking in the sun. The colours and patterns in their necks are beautiful to look at and is seen with great clarity. I enjoyed your image and found your note very interesting. Best regards.
Comic title and great composition. Considering that you shot this pic in the wild, the social scene is definitely wonderfully composed. Good job, keep it coming!