Turtles and other sightings at LSU Lakes, November.
Also called a sawback, the false map turtle spends many hours basking in the sun, sometimes perched on steep snags. I found this false map on two different days, same log. They get their name from the yellow stripes that form on the shell, creating the appearance of a map. It is harder to see in adults (like the one below). The false map turtle also sports a serrated keel on the back of the shell. I so wanted to take an SOS pad to this guy's back and uncover those yellow stripes!
|Photo taken 11/14/13 - overcast day|
|11/11/13 - bright day|
|Snowy egret, cormorant and turtle sandwich|
|Cormorants in cypress tree|
|Voyeur, Timothy "Leery"|
I love this stacked couple and the one peering over the log at them.