Rhinoclemmys and me

Geomydidae - Rhioclemmys pulcherrima - Painted wood turtle - 07.14.2010 - 09.57.17 Geomydidae - Rhioclemmys pulcherrima - Painted wood turtle - 07.14.2010 - 09.59.05

The only turtle I saw my entire trip was one of the last days in Palo Verde. Here, I hold a Painted Wood Turtle Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima.  The family has recently changed from Emydidae to Geomydidae and the species as been split into three distinct species -  only R. pulcherrima is represented in Savage, but now Costa Rica supposedly has R. annulata and R. funerea as well. I guess I’m not positive on the identification…

Flooded Catalina

Full Catalina Sector Wetland - 07.14.2010 - 08.41.07

I went to Catalina once again to collect flies and discovered that the wetland is extremely high and has begun to flood the road. The road is more or less a dike, with a canal of flowing water to the left in this photograph, and in this case, the canal is probably close to 2 m in depth and flows over the road a bit.