I Like Turtles – January 7, 2013

Today at the temple, there were peaceful pools of water filled with koi and carp-like fish. It was serene and beautiful. But then, I saw a turtle. Back at school, I do research on turtle locomotion and turtle shell mechanical properties, so I naturally I am a freak for anything related to turtles. I noticed something peculiar about this turtle, though. It had red markings on its head. In fact, it was a red-eared slider.

Red-eared sliders, an invasive species of turtle. Spot all three turtles in the picture for a prize!

Red-eared sliders, an invasive species of turtle. Spot all three turtles in the picture for a prize!

Red-eared sliders are not native to Japan, and I figured out later that they were an invasive species in many parts of the world, Japan included. After I saw one, I saw another, and another… Maybe this peaceful garden was not as ecologically peaceful as one may think.

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Turtle species native to Japan, seen in the Lake Biwa aquarium. They are being bums and sitting by the heat lamp.

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