Amphibians

Injured red eared slider turtle, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Slider Damage 2020

Meet Chopper, a red-eared slider that I’ve been following for years. Chopper had an unfortunate run-in with a propeller, but is healing very nicely. Here’s Chopper back in 2018, and 2016. Click image to view larger.

Ten painted turtles on one log, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Bumps on a Log III

A bale of ten turtles bask together in the low October light off of Doughnut Island.  They’ve broken the unofficial record of six turtles in 2012 and five turtles in 2011.

Northern Map turtle basking against deep shadow, Snake Island, Toronto Islands

Sidelight Stretch

A northern map turtle basks on the feet of the Snake island bridge.


Red-eared slider turtle injured by boat prop, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Slider Damage 2018

A red-eared slider turtle injured by a boat prop, first imaged in 2016,  appears to be healing nicely. Click image to view larger.

Map turtle covered in poplar fluff, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Fluff Camouflage

Apparently we’re not the only ones cursed with poplar fluff.  Even map turtles basking in the Doughnut Island environs are susceptible.

Mating toads in front of Rectory Cafe, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Rectory Mates

Toads mate in front of the Rectory Café.  It’s a great year to be an amphibian.


Toad immersed in poplar fluff, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Fluff Season

A toad on Third St. looks unimpressed at having to push its way through large piles of fluff.

Northern Map Turtle, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Map Coordinates

The distinctive shell of a northern map turtle, basking on a log in Snug Harbour.

Red-eared Slider turtle injured by a propeller, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Slider Damage

A red-eared slider displays a large gash in its shell, most likely caused by a boat propeller.  Experts say that the shell will repair itself in time, and that the turtle otherwise looks healthy. Click image to view larger.


Red eared slider turtle in snowstorm, Snake Island, Toronto Islands

Snurtle

A red-eared slider turtle basks in a sudden spring snow squall, a very unlikely sight.

Northern map turtle, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Map Time

2013 was a very good year for map turtles, their numbers have increased significantly.  Here a tiny turtle, about four inches long, basks on a log in Snug Harbour.

Toad in wall, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Wallflower

An unlikely toad sets up shop in Barb’s garden wall.


Painted turtle riding on another turtle's back, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Hitching a Ride

A young turtle improbably basks on the back of another turtle.  The large fellow here is also the largest turtle in this photograph.

Six painted turtles on a log, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Bumps on a Log II

Six turtles take the Log Game up a notch, besting their previous record of five on a log last year.

Northern pike underwater, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

A Day in the Life

A day in the life of an underwater camera as a young northern pike, muskrat, and painted turtle cruise past in the lagoon’s murky depths.


Balancing painted turtle, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Balancing Act

A red-eared slider does a balancing act, basking on a log near Doughnut Island.

Red-eared slider covered in hibernation muck, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Hibernation Solidification

A painted turtle basks on a log, still covered in mud and algae from its long winter slumber at the bottom of the lagoon.

Baby and adult northern map turtles, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Size Differential

Northern map turtles show the size differential between young and old, basking on a log near Doughnut Island.  The 2011 season was a great one for map turtles.


Face of a snapping turtle, Blockhouse Bay, Toronto Islands

Uncommon Eyes

The distinctive eye and beak of a large snapping turtle, seen here surfacing in Blockhouse Bay.  I spent a wonderful hour floating over this fellow, watching him (her?) hunt through the late-summer plant life on the bottom of the lagoon.

Six Northern Leopard Frogs, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

An Amphibian Gala

A good sign:  six northern leopard frogs have their own gala day on a piece of wood near the Eastern Gap.

Mossy painted turtle, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Painted Moss

Covered in weeds and moss, a painted turtle basks on a log near Snug Harbour.


Three-legged painted turtle, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Gimpy

Another view of this three-legged painted turtle from 2006.  What happened to its leg is still a mystery, but subsequent sightings in later years proves that it’s doing just fine.

Snapping Turtle, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Snapper Gaze

A snapping turtle rests among the grasses of Doughnut Island.

Red-eared slider, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands

Slider Glow

A heavily backlit red-eared slider glows on a log near Hanlan’s Point.


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