Chrysemys picta marginata, March 19th, Columbus Ohio
This is the creature of my childhood. It is perhaps the species that sparked my obsession with nature and natural history. I have my grandfather to thank for this affliction- he took me to the Seiberling Naturerealm, a Summit County Metropark in northeast Ohio, when I was pretty young, and I just didn't want to stop watching the painted turtles swim around the small pond. Ever since, I have been absolutely fascinated by turtles. At my office complex, we are fortunate to have a small wetland education area. This wetland area is brimming with painted turtles, and today, I counted no less than eleven creatures sunning themselves on the dead cattail stems.