“If you were in Australia, you might call all of the turtles ‘tortoises,’ and in Britain, a ‘turtle’ would mean a saltwater species and a ‘terrapin’ would be a freshwater species. Are you confused yet? Good, so am I. So for the purpose of this article, let us call the species that live on land, tortoises and the species that are aquatic or partially aquatic, turtles. We will forget about the term terrapin for now.” — Animal Planet Reptile Guide
I began taking photos of our pet turtles only after they’ve grown much bigger from when they just about the size of two casino chips. Sadly one of them died from a mystery illness that wasn’t physically obvious other than its loss of appetite. From the beginning when we brought them home from the pet store, we had become very fond of the pair so today, we’ve grown more attached to the lone survivor that has grown to palm size. I am glad I made the effort to photograph them when the two kept each company in the tank that we’ve had to change as they grew bigger. I had kept these for sometime now and often wondered in some degree of despair whether I would ever get them published. The Penang Turtle Sanctuary post before this gave me the push I needed to make this publication happen.
Early pictures of our turtle performing a balancing act on a prop. [Facebook album]
My turtle just outsmarted me. Again! Never fails to amuse me with its clever ways to escape captivity.—
JAN SHIM (@janshim) August 11, 2011
All photos here captured using Canon’s EF 100mm f2.8 L Hybrid Macro
JAN SHIM (@janshim) August 26, 2011