Good: Terrapins in Shrine Ponds

At least I think it’s a terrapin

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8 Responses to Good: Terrapins in Shrine Ponds

  1. David says:

    It looks like a red-eared slider.
    Originally from the south-eastern US but now in many parts of the world, due to their popularity as pets in the 70’s, except that they were sold as babies, most people buying them thinking that they were adults, and then two things would happen: either the died because of improper care or they’d grow up and be thrown away in the local pond where they started to strive (cause the near extinction of much less aggressive local species in some countries), there are also four recorded cases of the turtles mutating and becoming ninja.
    I’m not sure of the situation in Japan, but while I saw both the local species and this one in ponds, they seemed to cohabit quite well.

    The terrapin on the other side is not as green, doesn’t have the “red-ears” and the different scales on its shell are more or less diamond shaped, hence the full name diamondback terrapin. I don’t think one can find it outside of the US. In the 19th and early 20th Century it also was the main ingredient for the infamous Turtle Soup.

    • So it’s a turtle? But we can assume not one of the four known cases of ninja!

      • David says:

        I can’t tell you whether it’s turtle or not, mostly because this is where we reach the limit of my knowledge of the English language (who would have thought it hid there?) In French, anything that’s a reptile, has four legs and a shell is a “tortue” so I could never understand the difference between a turtle, a tortoise and other terms describing this type of animal. 🙂

      • tortoise is the land one, turtle the swimming one, but don’t know where terrapins fit in!

  2. David says:

    Thanks. But that doesn’t tell us what those who dwell both on land and in water are called (which is the case of both red-ear sliders and terrapins). 🙂

    • Turtles can go on land and swim. But so can terrapins, I think. But at least we know it isn’t a tortoise!

      • David says:

        I see. So terrapins are turtles.
        Now that I think about it, I don’t think I ever was confronted to a tortoise during my time in America, that would explain why I have trouble distinguishing both terms, for a long time, I thought that just like in French, all of those shelled reptiles were turtles. 🙂

  3. judi(togainunochi) says:

    It’s an aquatic turtle, probably a red ear slider. They get along well with fish and other animals. Love crickets. minnows and pellet food, I work for a pet store and we sell them. 😀 Tortoise is only land, but some land turtles prefer wet, or very humid condition.

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