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Red Eared Slider Turtles Photos, Videos and Information
Turtles, Reflections & Water
After browsing the web I was able to correctly identify these wild turtles as red eared slider turtles.
Look for the dash of red color behind the ears in the second photo.
We came across these turtles in the first photo shown above which I was happily able to capture with my camera.
Red Eared Sliders
My mother along with several out of town visiting friends from Mississippi and I were taking a stroll around a pond in the western area of Houston off of Eldridge Parkway. As we got closer to the turtles they rapidly retreated into the water as a normal defensive maneuver.
There were a number of other turtles on smaller rocks which also scooted into the water when we got closer, but this first photo shown above with the bale of turtles turned out great with the reflections in the water from the surrounding trees.
Did you know that a group of turtles is called a bale? Yes indeed it is.
I think that most people associate the word bale with the packaging up by tightly wrapping things such as stacks of paper, cotton or hay as examples. Now you can add to your word knowledge by adding groups of turtles to the list when talking or writing about bales.
Red Eared Slider photo taken at the Houston Audubon Society
Sliders and Word Meanings
I did see stripes of red on the turtles extended necks watching us intently as we got closer to their rock upon which they were catching rays of the sun. That is how I was able to identify them as red eared sliders as compared to other types of turtles.
Given just how fast they all slid off of the rock and into the water...sliders appears to be a good descriptive name for these reptiles!
Sliders just like the word bale has alternate meanings for those who enjoy disparate language interpretations.
- Have you ever watched a baseball player slide into home base? Using baseball terminology it also refers to a specific kind of fast pitch of a ball called a slider which in the expert hands of a pitcher can curve and sometimes confound a batter if not ready for that ball which curves away from the point of origin in which it was launched.
- Sticking with sports a slider is someone who does racing in a luge. Watching those luge races in the Olympics can be amazing. The competitors catapult themselves very fast down those icy tunnels mainly steering with their feet. You wouldn't catch me doing that! Sledding and tobogganing down a moderately sloped hill is the most that I have ever done many years ago when a child in Wisconsin.
- A slider can also be a projection such as a knob which moves to control the level of volume such as coming from a radio as an example.
- Of course there is the small type of hamburger served at parties for appetizers of which many people are familiar and look forward to eating.
- Did you know that there once was a science fiction television show called the Sliders? It showed travel to a parallel universe to ours where the characters could slide between both places through a portal. That reminds me of Alice in Wonderland who slid down that tunnel and discovered a world very different from her own.
This is cute!
Many red eared slider turtles started out as pets and have over time unfortunately been released into the wild where they have become an invasive species. They reproduce rapidly and are omnivorous eating both plant and animal life although plants make up the majority of their diet. Ultimately they end up displacing other species which were native to the locations in which they have proliferated.
Pet turtles should never be released into the wild!
Cute video of a pet red eared slider turtle above. See how it interacts with the person who has it as a pet.
We see many wild turtles in ponds and waterways in our part of the southern United States and I am sure a number of them are the red eared slider turtles.
Much more information about the red eared slider turtles can be read here. The video below also is very informative. Be sure and watch it if you would like to learn more about this specific type of turtle.
Much information about the Red-Eared Sliders can be found here:
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