Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

X-Rated Turtle Yoga

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Central Park turtles show cruisers how it’s done.

Image: Bob Levy, author of Club George. [Wallpaper size]


  1. #1 Another Kevin
    November 4, 2007

    The turtle lives ‘twixt plated decks
    Which practically conceal its sex.
    I think it clever of the turtle
    In such a fix to be so fertile.
    –Ogden Nash

  2. #2 Aerik
    November 4, 2007

    I guess every picture before has just been slow-motion foreplay of some kind.

  3. #3 Jim
    November 5, 2007

    These turtles are not engaging sexual activity. Courtship for this species (Trachemys scripta) occurs underwater. What you see here is one turtle merely climibing over the back of another turtle, proabbly in order to take advantage of a basking site. It is common to find turtles stacked on top of each other in this way, especially when basking sites are at a premium or when overcrowding is evident (both common characteristics of urban turtle ponds).

  4. #4 image consultant
    November 6, 2007

    Now that Jim’s put a kybosh on the x-rated title perhaps it should have the tamer heading of ‘A word in your shell-like’…

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