Can you name these animals found in our Garden?


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In March, two female Red-Eared Slider turtles took up residence at the Turtle Pond, which the Bartram Trail passes by, in Hatcher Garden. Slider turtles are named for the way they escape into water when they fear danger.

It is best to approach the Turtle Pond quietly and look through the bushes that line the pond. The turtles will usually sun themselves on the logs that float in the middle of the pond. If you make alot of noise or approach the edge of the pond too fast, they will slide off their perches and await other time to surface. Above is a recent sighting of the shy creatures (late April).

More close-up pictures of the two turtles are below before their release into the turtle pond.

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The two rescued turtles were named Shiloh (left) and Groucho (right) by the rescue group.

Groucho (left) wasted no time getting into the pond after her release. After some words of encouragement and placing her closer to the pond, Shiloh (right) eventually made a dash into the pond.

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