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    I went out for a quick paddle on the Turtle Creek tonight with a few friends from about 6pm to 9pm. Good weather is not something I look forward to as it brings out the people and not all are folks I want to meet. We encountered a couple of powerboats and two guys with jet skis. The first guy on the jet ski was polite and slowed down but the second sped up and tried to dump the canoes in our group with his wake while yelling out a "yahoo"; we all rode it out and none got wet but I am going to remember that guy. Enough said on that. As we got up stream to the rapids we stopped on a rock bank and my dog hunter immediately went towards a strange looking rock. I went to see what he had found and discovered a wood turtle. One of the few times I don't bring my camera and the dog finds a turtle. Go figure. He was full grown and had a hole drilled in the back of his shell indicating he was probably captive at one time. There is an illegal trade in wood turtles for pets over here and the full grown ones can be sold for $1000 US. so the fact that this guy was returned to the wild or escaped to the wild is somewhat a minor miracle. Since Hunter was taking a great interest in him and I didn't need to remove an angry turtle from my curious dogs nose I let him go in the water and he swam under the edge of the bank and disappeared. Hunter was soon preoccupied by another colorful rock. My friends were being eaten by black flies and turned back but I waded one rapid, lined a second, then ferried across to the other side of the creek before portaging a few hundred meters above a third rapid and then ran them back to the slow water. It was about 15 minutes work for 40 seconds of fun but worth it. I hope to see more turtles on the Turtle Creek in the future; after all it isn't called Moose Creek, or Jet ski Creek.
    Lloyd

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    If this is what you mean,

    http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/land/...ps/WTURTLE.HTM

    I don't think I've ever seen one. Odd looking critter!

    Here we have the painted turtle,

    http://www.fcps.k12.va.us/StratfordL...ted_turtle.htm

    the snapping turtle,

    http://www.fcps.k12.va.us/StratfordL...ing_turtle.htm

    and once in a great while you'll see an alligator snapper.

    http://www.rw.ttu.edu/sp_accounts/Al...tle/status.htm

    I once found a 60 pound alligator snapper, but they are rare enough up here I had no idea what it was when I saw it. I've heard they can grow to twice that weight. Nasty looking things!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pierre girard
    If this is what you mean,

    http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/land/...ps/WTURTLE.HTM

    I don't think I've ever seen one. Odd looking critter!
    Yeah that's the one, their legs are actually orange in color; as your web link says they are unprotected in the US and threatened in quite a few places. A few Canadian provinces have them protected but the main problems we have here in the Maritime Provinces are agricultural machines along riverbanks and American pet poachers. At $1000 a turtle they can make a killing. They used to be sold in the US for food years ago but not any more.

    http://www.turtleworldsam.com/NA%20wood%20turtle1.jpg

    In Canada, Wood Turtles are found in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, southern Quebec and southern Ontario. They extend south to the Virginias and west to eastern Minnesota so you may some day come across one.
    Lloyd

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    it must be amazing to come across wildlife like this. unfortunately we do not have such a diverse range of reptile/amphibian species in scotland. mind you, i never thought that you could get turtles as far north as canada, i thought it would just be far too cold. we learn something new every day. lovely looking creature though!!

    regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesoconnor
    I never thought that you could get turtles as far north as canada, i thought it would just be far too cold. we learn something new every day. lovely looking creature though!!

    regards
    Canada is mostly north, but there are parts of Ontario that are at North 41 degrees. About the same as Madrid Spain. Here in New Brunswick where I am it is about North 45 degrees about the same as Bordeaux France. We used to have harsh winters until global warming. I have seen 6 feet of snow fall in just 24 hours back in the 1980's and six months of winter, but now its more like 6 inches in a big storm and two months of winter. If the global warming keeps up more species may move north and the polar bears will move further south. When that happens more and more hikers and sea kayakers will get eaten by polar bears.
    Lloyd

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    Turtles in UK!

    I recall hearing about Leatherback Turtles coming into UK waters following the jellyfish on which they feed.

    I did a quick google and found this http://www.bornfree.org.uk/UK.Wildlife/news01.htm

    Nature never ceases to surprise.

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