Rare, Endangered, and Ugly (Three Photographs)
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The Blanding Turtle is considered endangered but it may be coming back. They are hard to find. We came across a man in a park asking everyone if they had seen a Blanding, and getting increasingly annoyed at the negative answers. Sightings are rare. Most people identify them by the shape of their shell, faintly teutonic. However, the real clue is the yellow under their chin. The smaller and better looking Painted Turtle on the other hand has character and the Snapping Turtle, which is much larger, is awesome. In the first photograph we have a brightly colored Blanding, in the second a more modest example and in the third all three turtles, Painted, Snapping and Blanding are on a log.