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Here's one for Mike lamb and the aesthetes among us.  Next door to my job I spotted this roof vent array, that cleared up for me any question why this box vent is called a turtleback.  Been down many a river where these guys line up on logs and slide off when you pass.

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19 hours ago, Jim Baird said:

 Been down many a river where these guys line up on logs and slide off when you pass.

 

I've never seen that with northern turtles. Is it a southern turtle thing? Is there a name for a group of turtles, like a flock or a herd? 

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Dr Seuss would call it a Yertle of turtles I think.  

Float down any of our creeks and rivers to see them lined up on logs that lay halfway in the water.  When they notice you by sight or hearing or whatever they will slide off one by one into the water.

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On 8/24/2019 at 12:01 PM, Jim Katen said:

I've never seen that with northern turtles. Is it a southern turtle thing? Is there a name for a group of turtles, like a flock or a herd? 

That's common here, whether in the zoo, lakes, swamps or basin.  I don't know what a group of them are called, except for maybe 'buncha turtles'.  We don't get fancy here.

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On 8/24/2019 at 10:01 AM, Jim Katen said:

I've never seen that with northern turtles. Is it a southern turtle thing? Is there a name for a group of turtles, like a flock or a herd? 

I've seen them lined up like that here in the Pacific NW. These are painted turtles at Steigerwald Lake, which is a few miles east of Vancouver WA.

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I keep a 3' x 9' wood raft in my lake along the shore especially for the turtles to sun on.  I have had as many as 150 on there.  I found the secret is to keep the top of the raft as close to the water line as possible to facilitate ease in climbing on. 

 

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