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Exotic Turtles exotic turtles
Care requirements for several species of turtles from Asia, Africa and South America. 

American Turtles
Care requirements for several species of turtles from North America, common in the pet trade.

Kids' Questions
About Turtles
For kids from10 to 100, who have ever wondered about turtles.


This small garden pond and enclosure, which houses a group of American box turtles, leads us to a world of turtles. Built in 1997 for Vincent, a desert box turtle, and Nicky, a river cooter, it provided a wonderful learning experience for me. It drew me deeper into a hobby I'd been involved with for 3 decades before the pond experience.

The photo above is a decade old. The river cooter moved inside since then. Several box turtles live in the pond habitat during the summers. Click here to see a another view of the pond enclosure. A three-toed box turtle is visible at the far end, behind the juniper. Vincent is foraging in the pond. Just after the photo was taken, he popped to the surface with a worm in his mouth. Mmmmmm!

You can access the Turtle Puddle pages from here, with various turtle related topics. Use the buttons on the side panels. Access webpages about Alaska from the buttons below.

Health Issues

health page
General information about turtle anatomy,
health, and nutrition.

Join me on these adventures!

Road Trip up the Dalton Highway to the Arctic Ocean, 2012

Road Trip from AK to NY and back 2008

   Access Mary's other webpages here.

  A Fat Old Lady
Takes Up Climbing


of Alaska

  The Midnight Sun

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PHOTO LINK: See a variety of my older photographs dating to 2003-5.

You might enjoy this collection of Spanish Songs, especially if you are learning the language.

study web award
The Study Web Award
of Academic Excellence
August 11, 1999

Teachers and Parents,
visit the StudyWeb, and the Elementary Science Program
for more great pages
with educational value.

animal site award

Elementary Science Program
Animal Site of the Month
Awarded in June, 20003

 The Turtle Puddle was awarded the
Turtle Time's Shell Site of the week 3/20/00

Shell Site Award
Check the Turtle Times for
excellent information
And a turtle photograph contest!

In October 2002, The Turtle Puddle recieved the Gold Award of Excellence from The Care Centre in South Africa. Click on the award to visit the Care Centre website. You will find great information about tortoises there.
Also, click here to check out "A Tortoise World" discussion group.

 String Magic
Music for beginning string orchestras
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