Painted (Turtle) Portrait Redux Out with the old, and in with the new: a turtle sheds its shell. Last June, I photographed a turtle on this exact log at Mass Audubon Wachusett Meadow. Yesterday, the turtle I saw there was shedding its shell. As a turtle grows larger, the outer portion of the shell, called the scutes, must fall off to make way for the newer, larger scutes. Share this:EmailLike this:Like Loading... Related Posts AutumnNatureSeasonsWildlife
19 thoughts on “Painted (Turtle) Portrait Redux”
Amazing! I have never seen a turtle shedding its shell until now. Thank you!
Me neither, till this year. I was very pleased!
Very cool capture, Julie. Best, Babsje
I always take turtle pics on the same log in the same pond, but I don’t know if it was the same turtle all this year. I aspire to your ability to know creatures individually! 😉
Turtles live a long life. If they’re territorial at all, it could be. 😊
Hmm, I think I’ll get out some older pics, and see if I can find some markings. Thanks for that tip, Babsje!
Very good that you could capture a turtle molting! Excellent, Julie. 🙂
Thanks, H.J. I’ve taken lots of turtle pics, and this is my first time I caught the molting.
So cute! I didn’t know each section peeled on its own. So interesting.
I read that the shell layers are similar to material that makes up our fingernails. So much wildlife, so little time to learn!
Very cool fact. Thanks, I love learning about wildlife!
Even though I am on a blogging break, I had to look at this one, and I’m glad I did. I’ve never seen anything like it. I never knew how turtles moulted. Fascinating!
I didn’t know that about turtles, either. I spent quite a while at the pond looking at it, thinking, “Gee, that’s a funny bunch of reeds on that turtle’s back!” 😉
Wow, these are awesome shots, Julie! I knew turtles shed their shells but have never seen one in real life does it. Great sighting and documentation!!
Thanks Donna! My first seeing it, and I take pics of turtles on the pond every year. Not sure why I missed it before.
Also a first for me, Julie, thank you for sharing. One is tempted to walk up and pick off those scales.
You are very welcome, Tanja! I miss you! Hope your time off is restful/fun/invigorating–whatever you like the best!
Thank you, Julie. I’m doing ok and hope to be back to blogging soon. Happy autumn to you.