Continuing the adventures of Secret Agent Double-0 Turtle, we see our hero and an intriguing female companion landing on Turtle Island Resort—where they will infiltrate the tourists, bask and work on their shell-tans.
I’m not quite sure when it was that Double-0 Turtle acquired his female escort, landing beore him in this photo. With scratches on her shell that look the right size for battle scars with another turtle, she does appear to be aggressive. This would account for the position of a third Turtle, shown in photo #3, below. With head and limbs retracted, is he perhaps displaying submission?
Experts say Painted Turtles are not “social animals” and each can be perfectly happy living alone. Somewhat paradoxically, however, they are “gegarious.” That much is clear in this collection!
You can tell them apart by the length of their claws and tails, shell variations and the patterns on their painted heads. Double-0 Turtle is named for the concentric oval pattern beside each eye. A fearsome, four-eyed visage that might deter a predator!
This photo collection continues my ongoing series, View from a Bridge, revealing the secret world of wildlife lurking under the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge that spans the Upper Delaware River.