All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

These turtles are basking on a log in order to warm their bodies. Reptiles are cold-blooded (<em>exothermic</em> - "outside heat"), meaning their body temperature is the same as the water or air around them. If they remain in the cooler, deeper water f...
These turtles are basking on a log in order to warm their bodies. Reptiles are cold-blooded (exothermic - "outside heat"), meaning their body temperature is the same as the water or air around them. If they remain in the cooler, deeper water for long they have to bask in the sun for awhile to warm up.

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