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Copyright: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-09
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Fuji Finepix S602Zoom
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/280 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-02-07 13:34
Viewed: 5695
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I believe this turtle is called a Red Ear Slider. (Trachemys scripta elegans) I took this photo at the Singapore China Garden. It wasn't easy to get this shot, because every time I was ready to shoot, he dived again (like he knew what was coming) but finally I got it.

Some information I found of the Internet:
These turtles get their name from a broad red stripe behind their eye and their habit of sliding off rocks and logs when startled. Older turtles are often covered with a thick coat of algae. Some red-eared sliders live more than 30 years.

Sliders are cold-blooded and spend hours sunning themselves on rocks and logs. If there are not enough rocks or logs for all of them they will often stack themselves one on top of the other! They bury themselves in loose soil or mud during the winter to escape the cold. When population numbers get high, these turtles move across land to other bodies of water in search of food and space. They eat aquatic plants, small fish, and decaying material.

Female turtles lay their eggs in holes that they dig in the ground and leave. Young turtles are born having to take care of themselves. Baby red-eared sliders were once very popular as children's pets until it was discovered that some of them carried the disease, salmonella. It is now illegal to sell sliders less than 4 inches in diameter. Most wild animals make very poor pets and are best observed in their native habitat.

A turtle's shell is actually made up of its ribs joined together and covered with a thin layer of skin. Each of the ribs is made of jigsaw-like sections called scutes, which grow at the edges. This allows the turtle to increase in size without outgrowing its shell. Mature males have long toenails on their front feet that they use when courting females. The males swim backwards in front of females and fan water over their faces.

Sliders have poor hearing but are very sensitive to vibrations. This makes it hard to sneak up on them. Their name, slider, comes from the fact that they are quick to slide off of rocks, logs or the banks if danger threatens.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
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Hi Niek
Well tried here and full marks for your persistence in trying. Maybe the photo did not come out quite like you expected, but since you worked hard for it I can understand why you still thought enough of it to post it.
You managed pretty well to penetrate the water surface to show the body of the turtle even though you had a tricky situation with the glare from the surface.
Well done and TFS.

Dear Nick,
Nearly 5 years, that you photographed this Turtle; nearly 4 years that you joined TrekNature, Congratulations!

I chose this photo from your portfolio, because I am trawling the site for my themes.

As we all well know, Wildlife Photography can be a stop/start business and drive our partners banana... Particularly under water is very difficult, as every new wave kills all previous measurements/settings.

I tried completely unsuccessfully (in the Galapagos) to photograph turtles, which were more muddy than your object and just grey. Ambitiously, I tried to "shoot" mating couples - and in the day before digital photography - there were just so many frames one could "waste" on one photo...

Actually, I like your Turtle very much, and a little cropping would make quite a difference. (I upload into your workshop an example of what I mean.) If you have on the original photo "more space" to work with, you could - by observing the Rule of Thirds - crop it into a perfect photo!

Your notes are informative and interesting to read.

Best Wishes

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