A pond turtle shows off some attitude

June 3, 2014, 1 p.m.
pond turtle on pipe

Photo: Donald Quintana/MNN Flickr Group

Western pond turtle hanging out on a pipe in a pond

There is a certain look turtles have mastered, one that seems intended to make sure we humans remember we're just newbies on this planet compared to these wise guys, and we'd better remember that! Well, maybe that's anthropomorphizing just a little bit. But still, it is a good thing to remember that turtles called Earth home a couple hundred million years before we humans ever did, so let's give them the respect and help they deserve.

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Jaymi Heimbuch is a writer and photographer at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Twitter, Google+, and Facebook.