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Tiny Turtle

Guest post today by Lil! juvenile midland painted turtle

We found a tiny turtle at Magee Marsh along Lake Erie this weekend. It was so cute I wished I could take it home.

baby painted turtle

 

I observed that it had a very orange belly and some stripes on its shell. It looks like its shell was layered like shingles. It was trying to jump out of our hands.

 

painted turtle egg tooth

 

I observed that it had a teeny tiny sharp part on its beak. I thought it was an egg tooth. I put the turtle in a safe area near the marsh.

When we got home, we looked up breeds of turtles in Ohio and identified it as a painted midland turtle. We also confirmed that turtles do have egg teeth to help them get out of their shell.