Mating Pair of Spotted Turtles (Male Left)
Pouring rain all day has left the South Coast of Massachusetts drowning in mud and puddles. Turtle Journal explored wetlands in search of amphibians and reptiles that exploit these conditions for spring mating. We found large eggs sacs from spotted salamaders in a nearby abandoned cranberry bog, and we heard a few spring peepers screaming for attention. But the only loving we confirmed this morning was a mating pair of spotted turtles at Brainard Marsh off Buzzards Bay.
Spotted Turtles Lovin’ in the Rain
This lovely pair included a female turtle, #13, that we have been tracking for several years with a new male partner who refused to show his face.
Female Spotted Turtle
Spotted turtle #13 above sports a large bulbous growth under her carapace in her fourth vertebral. Like all spotted females, she has a colorful neck, washboard abs and a thin tail.
Male Spotted Turtle
In contrast, our male spotted turtle has a concavity in the middle of its abdominal plastron scutes, a thicker tail and drab coloring under his chin.