Friday, March 15, 2013

Turtle Reflection

Turtle Reflection
As a member of the class Reptilia turtles are cold blooded. They are often seen basking in the sun to help to raise their body temperatures. At this time of the year, at least here in the north, the turtles are all hibernating. When the water temperatures begin to drop in the fall the turtles will stop feeding. They survive the winter by burying themselves in the mud at the bottom of the pond or lake where they live. During this time their blood takes on an almost antifreeze quality. They will maintain a body temp of around 43 degrees and any oxygen that they get will be absorbed through their skin. 


5 comments:

'Tsuki said...

Sunbathing is so important... This turtle seems really to enjoy it !

Norma Ruttan said...

I not only love your photos, but I dine on such wonderful information.

Sylvia K said...

I do love that turtle!! Terrific capture, as always! Have a great weekend!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Perfect composition, a great shot.

Kay L. Davies said...

Super turtle photo and information. I had forgotten turtles hibernate in winter until you mentioned it here. Thanks!
K