In respond to Aunt Deb’s question:
You did? Both of you changed color?….Hmmm. We will have to see what the winter time brings to me for time. Is your mommy going to post new pictures of you with your new colors?
Aunt Deb xx
I asked Kame to let me write this Turtle Fact, you might not notice that this is Kame’s department…my department is Herptile Spotlight…but, for once I want to do this because Aunt Deb asked the question to me not to Kame 😉
We, red eared slider, look so green when we were baby. Everyone thinks that baby RES is the cutest, so green and so tiny. Almost all baby RES look as green as this picture below: (it is the picture of our long cousin named Ipin, she/he lived in Padang with Mommy’s cousin)
However, that green color will not stay forever. As we grow older, our color changes to a darker color. It can be dark green, dark brown or yellow in my case. But the color will change again once we shed our scute.
Now, I will show you our changes.
We go to Kame first because she had a dramatic color change:
This photo showed when she was still green. Please excuse the quality, mommy didn’t have a proper camera at that time
And this is her when she was around two years old
Last…check out her shell color after shedding 😉
Mommy shot this one before she framed her old shell so that you can see the difference.
As for myself…I am a little bit different. I am a morph, an animal with unusual color but not albino.
Here is when I was still baby (of course not as baby as Kame). I have green yellowish color that almost looked like a sick turtle.
I grow to be a yellow turtle … looking so beautiful. Someone once asked mommy to sell me to him, of course she said I am not for sell 🙂
But, now I am in the middle of shedding my scute (my shedding isn’t like Kame, I shed little by little) my color becomes a bit darker…it’s sort of dark yellow almost brown. Mommy keeps wondering when I will finish my shedding because she is curious with my next new color.
That’s all for my first turtle fact 🙂 … don’t be disappointed when your RES is not as pretty green as it was when it was still a baby