Turtles in trees?

Come to think of it, I’ve now seen two turtle shells in crotches of trees in Prospect Park. One was just within hand’s reach, the other required a friend and a stick to bring it back down to earth. Considering the number of turtle shells I’ve seen in the park, two in the trees is a lot. Could this be a ritual (either group or individual)?One was very old, worn down to the fused bones of the shell, which in living turtles are covered by keratin scutes and flowing with blood.The scutes will often last a very long time. The other, above, still had a bit of the leather of the neck and feet but was hollowed out inside. The digesters of life seem to have a hard time with turtle skin, since I’ve found them like this before. Prospect Park has, at minimum, the following species of turtle: red-eared slider, painted, snapping, musk. The majority are red-eared sliders. Recently, an enormous snapping turtle, looking for some nice sandy soil to lay her eggs, was bollixed by the fencing in the Lullwater — you can see a pic by “friending” Prospect Park on Facebook. All my turtle posts are here.

4 Responses to “Turtles in trees?”


  1. 2 meemsnyc August 14, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    How interesting. I have never seen a live turtle in Brooklyn. Hmmm.

    • 3 mthew August 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      Oh, my! Well, Prospect Park & the Japanese Pond in the BBG are good places to look for the basking turtles like red-eared and painted. Some species, like the snappers, rarely emerge from the water. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, the western-most part of which is actually in Brooklyn, is the place for the brackish-water specialist diamondback terrapins


  1. 1 Festival of the Trees #63 – Slugyard University | Slugyard Trackback on September 1, 2011 at 7:10 am

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