I was walking around the lake with Raymond this past week and at every spot we could get close to the water we would walk down to look for frogs. While scouring the water for movement, he spotted a tiny, un-moving turtle in the water. He reached in and picked it up, and after two seconds of looking, declared that it was a toy. I asked to see it anyway and while I was examining it up close, a horrible smell of rotten fish hit my nose. It was in fact a dead baby turtle that had just been floating on top of the water.
The turtle is another Midland Painted Turtle like the one that I showed a photo of two weeks ago. This baby turtle’s carapace (shell) was soft and could have easily been squished between my fingers. I placed it on the rock (pictured above) because neither of us wanted to hold it for any longer as it smelled quite terrible. I do not want to have a dead turtle in the finished catalog, so I did not focus on getting high quality pictures which is why these images are not to my normal standard.
What we then noticed was the tiny bit of slime growing out of the turtle’s eyes. In this photo you might be able to see it better than in the previous:
After trying to scrape it off, it became clear that it was stuck hard and fast where it was. We began to wonder if this had anything to do with the turtle’s death. When I got back from the lake, I tried to do some research online to determine what the slime was and if it could have caused the turtle’s death. Sadly, I found absolutely no information about what this could have been. However, I will keeping looking and if I find anything, I will update the post.
Until next time,