WHERE DO TURTLES GO IN WINTER?

In case you were wondering, where do turtles go in winter?

The Eastern Painted Turtle is our most common turtle and this beauty was found at Niles Pond, crossing the road heading towards one of several little babbling brooks that flow towards the pond. Perhaps it was planning to hibernate there as it was the last day of October.

Turtles are an ectotherm, which means that their body temperature mirrors the temperature of the surrounding environment, whether pond water or sunlit rock. During the fall they find a comfy spot in the mud at either a pond or stream and burrow in. The Painted Turtle’s metabolism slows dramatically and it won’t usually come up for air until spring, although even during hibernation they require some slight bit of oxygen, which they take in through their skin. Painted Turtles do move around a bit in the mud during the winter but do not travel far and do not move very swiftly.

Painted Turtle Niles Pond ©Kim Smith 2015

One thought on “WHERE DO TURTLES GO IN WINTER?

  1. Louise

    Have followed this motto for years….. and Turtles are my favorites. “The Turtle can only move ahead by sticking out his neck.” Helps me especially in times when I struggle being in the public’s eye. That stage fright time…. and then, I remember the turtles. Love them.

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