Turtles on the Move: Compare and Contrast Time

Sometimes as a parent, you don’t realize how much your children have grown because you see them every day.  Then you see a picture and you say “Wow — I can’t believe how much they have grown!”  The same can be said for Yertle and Bowser.  I had the privilege of watching some of the turtles hatch and then received Yertle and Bowser (along with Turtle 107 and 126) on August 30th.  So, they have been around for three months.  During Labor Day weekend, I took them home and took some pictures of them.  During this past weekend, I took a picture of them on the same rock.  For your assignment due on Wednesday, please look at the August picture and the November picture and compare how they are the same and how they are different.  You should comment on at least three different aspects.  Make sure you proofread your work carefully before you submit it.

Labor Day Weekend

Thanksgiving Weekend


40 responses to this post.

  1. Picture 1) It looks like Yerttle and Bowser are a different type of turtles. I think that the turtle that is looking at the other turtles neck is Yerttle because Bowser looks up more. I can’t believe that that they fight a lot at school but they are really peaceful.
    Picture 2) They look really peaceful and friendly but as Ms.E said that she mainly forced them. And about the shell it had really gotten big.


    • Posted by ec19 on November 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm

      I think you should have compared the turtle’s pictures instead of just writing about both separately.


    • Posted by EC18 on November 29, 2010 at 10:42 pm

      I agree that they look really peaceful and freindly but they do fight a lot. You might want to write some about the pattern on the shell because there was none in September.


  2. Posted by ec19 on November 29, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    On Labor day weekend the turtles would look up at the camera in mysteries. But on thanksgiving weekend when the turtles saw the camera they hid in their shells.

    The color of the carapace has also changed. It used to be completely black and you could hardly see the patterns of the perimeter of the shell in a pattern of rectangles and the area inside covered in pentagons and hexagons. But now the base color of the carapace is brown. One of the similarities of the carapace is that the shapes such as, rectangles, hexagons and pentagons are the same.

    The claws have also changed colors from brown to black. The claws have gotten sharper.


  3. Posted by EC18 on November 29, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    The turtle’s carapace is black and almost no pattern in the first picture. In the second, though, the turtle’s carapace is a variety of colors, browns, and a little black. But mostly different shades of browns. There is a pattern on the November shell, and the November shell looks rounder and larger than the September shell. (Probably because they are eating way more.)

    The turtles in the first picture are looking up eagerly at the camera, stretching to see what was happening. They were stretching as far as their necks could go. In the second picture, they looked like they were like, “Yeah, cameras are so behind us now.” They looked like they wanted to crawl down any moment and get away. They probably got off and scrambled down after the shot was taken.

    The size in general was very different. In the first one, they were wee little things, their claws were barely there, their shells were tiny. In the second one, however, their shells were gigantic and their claws were bigger. The shell was rounded and puffy and big and huge in the second one. In the first one, the shell was dainty and small and little and barely anything at all. I think they are way bigger than they used to be.


  4. Posted by EC20 on November 30, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Bowser and Yertle have changed a lot in these past few months. Some of the changes that I have observed are:

    1.Safeness. In the first photo Bowser and Yertle seem to be more curious about their habitat. Their necks are stretched out and they appear to be looking around their new home. With them looking like that, it is my guess that they didn’t stay on the rock for very long but instead went exploring their tank. In the second photo their bodies appear to be more relaxed.They seem to be more comfortable on their rock like they plan on staying there for a while.

    2.Size. I noticed that Bowser and Yertle take up more of the rock now than they did before. In the recent photo there is only a tiny bit of the rock showing but in the Labor Day photo you could fit almost three more of the same size turtles on the rock.

    3.Behavior. I observed that Bowser and Yertle were facing each other in the earlier photo. I think this is because they were still getting use to each other. In the more recent photo they are facing away from each other. This behavior makes me think that over time they have grown familiar with each other.


  5. Posted by EC6 on November 30, 2010 at 2:14 am

    Yertle and Bowser have changed a lot lately. Here are some things I observed:

    1) Carapace color and design
    When Yertle and Bowser were younger, their carapaces were a darker color (black). Now, after three months, they have developed a shade of brown and their pattern has gone from almost nothing to array of shapes looking somewhat like rectangles and ovals.
    2) Size
    Yertle and Bowser have been growing like grass. They used to both fit on the rock with lots of room to spare, but now that (poor) rock can barely fit one more turtle of their size, if that.

    3) How they behave
    I observed that when the turtles were smaller, they sat on opposite sides of the rock and did not seem to be very social with each other. But in the more recent photo, they seemed to have noticed that the other was there. This makes me think that they have grown social with each other.


  6. Posted by EC7 on November 30, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    In the picture in August it sure looked like Yertle and Bowser are not Blanding’s turtles and they sure have no pattern on there shell and now there is a HUGE difference. Now they look like Blanding’s turtles. And they have much more pattern on there shells and there shells are more beautiful. And plus they are much bigger than before.
    I can’t wait till there are more observations on the turtles.


  7. Posted by EC10 on November 30, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    In the Labor day picture Yertle and Bowser looked like they were still exploring the tank and getting settled in, but in the other one they looked bunched up, uncomfterble and hiding in their shells so I think they were happier when they were exploring then when they were hiding in their shellsand uncomfterble.


  8. 1. Size
    In the Labor Day weekend picture the turtles were pretty small they only took up about 1/2 of the rock or less. Now the turtles take up 9/10 of the rock.

    2. Behavior
    In the Labor Day weekend picture one of the turtles was doing a neck stretch and the other was watching the other do a neck stretch. Now the turtles are all scrunched up, as if getting out of cold water and forgot their towel.

    3. Apearence
    In the Labor Day weekend picture the turtles shells look almost like black circles and their heads look like they were painted in black. In the other picture the turtles are shining brown with perfect spots on them. Like they got a makeover.


  9. Posted by EC-8 on November 30, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Yertle and Bowser have definitely grown a lot since we first got them.
    I noticed that Yertle and Bowser have almost quadrupled in weight, doubled in length, and their bodies grew a lot! Even though Yertle and Bowser have grown a lot they’re still growing.

    2) Shells
    Their shells used to be all black but now their shells are larger, stronger, have a design, and have diffrent colors.

    3) Habitat
    Yertle and Bowser have gotten used to their habitat and at first they were curious about their new home.


  10. Posted by EC13 on November 30, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Over these weeks Yertle and Bowser have really changed a lot.
    Here are some things I noticed:-

    1.Carapace and color
    When we first got those turtles their shell was simple and really, really dark it didn’t have any design or anything. But,now they have different shapes, lighter color, splotches,and their shell is also growing bigger.

    Since they were born they have grown huge and as fast as bamboo. First they could easily fit on that stone with enough place to fit two more turtles. Today you can barely fit one.

    On Labor Day weekend they were really curious to what was happening
    so they had their necks stretched out.But now on Thanksgiving vacation they were like “What is it now.” So weren’t really interested in what was happening.


  11. 1.Size-
    Picture 1)In picture one Bowser and Yertle were no bigger than the clock part on a wrist watch.

    Picture 2)In picture two Bowser and Yertle probably doubled their size.

    2. Appearence-
    In picture 1 it looked like Bowser and Yertle’s shells were alot darker.But in picture 2, their shells were alot lighter and they had more patterns.

    It must have been hard for Mrs.Erickson to keep the turtles on the rock in picture two because they are so big they would probably get thight and fall off.


  12. 1. color
    It seems in the Labor Day weekend picture their shells are lighter color. Their whole shell looks black and in the Thanksgiving weekend picture their shells look light gray.

    2. body
    In the Labor Day weekend picture, their heads look smooth. And in the Thanksgiving weekend their heads look all scratched up. I think maybe Yertle’s head is all scratched up because Bowser has been playing pig pile on top of Yertle.

    On the edge of each scale on their shell back in August, it was just black. And now, it looks like fireworks.
    On the labor day picture their shell looks like it has lots of little scales. And now, they have a few big ones.


  13. Posted by ec11 on December 1, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Yertle and Bowser have changed a lot since Labor Day weekend.
    Their carapace has changed a lot. The color of it has gotten lighter and it has a lot more detale like it just unziped it’s old shell and grew a new a new one a lot more beautiful! The color used to be plain black but now it is a lot of different shades of brown and it’s all stripy.

    Yertle and Bowser have also gotten a lot bigger than they were on Labor Day weekend! They used to be like little rocks with their black shells and head but now they are a lot bigger and their shells are different so they don’t look that much like rocks anymore. It’s amazing how much they have changed since August and we haven’t really noticed that they have!


  14. Posted by ec14 on December 1, 2010 at 12:19 am

    I think that Yertle and Bowser are soooooo much bigger than on Labor Day weekend, in fact they don’t even look like the same turtle. They are so big they barely even fit on the rock. I noticed that Yertle and Bowser both have patterns that have some color now. The shell shape is still the same even though the color is different.


  15. Posted by ec3 on December 1, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Some things I have observed about the Blanding turtles are the differences in their size. When we first got them, they were the size of a munchkin from Dunkin Donuts now they are the size of an apple. The second thing I noticed is their shell, it went from very little detail to a lot of detail and beautiful. The turtle’s claws have changed from small and stubby to long and pointy.


  16. Posted by EC2 on December 1, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Yertle and Bowser have changed a lot just like you saw with the pictures.
    First of all they have grown a lot and their claws are a ton bigger along with their neck and shell.
    Second their shell has changed color from black to brown with streaks of white and tan so it looks like a stroke from a paintbrush.
    Third their neck has changed from black with little dots of white to a leopardy type pattern of brown.


  17. Posted by EC4 on December 1, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Over the past three months the turtles have…
    1.) Grown a lot bigger: the turtles have grown a lot bigger and stronger in one picture the turtles had a lot of room on their rock and in the other they could barly fit on it.
    2.) Shell changed: in one picture the turtle’s had a small black shell and now they have a great pattern like Natchow’s shell.
    3.) Different color: the turtle’s color has changed from black to brown I used to think that ALL turtles were green with a brown shell but now I know that they come in all different colors.


  18. Posted by ec17 on December 1, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Yertle and Bowser have changed …
    • in their color because it looks like their shells have gotten browner and they used to be blacker colored.
    • in size. Yertle and Bowser are bigger than before. I think they have almost doubled or did double their size.
    • in the design on their head and neck. In the Thanksgiving weekend picture Yertle and Bowser look like they have dots on their head and their neck, but in the Labor Day weekend picture it looks like they have no dots on their head or neck.


  19. Posted by ec21 on December 1, 2010 at 1:54 am

    I think Yertle and Bowser changed alot in size because they’ve been eating a lot and growing since we first got them. Bowser’s shell has gotten a lot darker and he has been wrestling Yertle more often. Their shells have gotten bigger.


  20. Posted by ec15 on December 1, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    1. One thing that is the different is their shell in one picture the shell is smaller and in the other is bigger.2. The second thing that is different is their shape and size because in one picture the turtles are smaller and in the other the turtles are bigger.3. One thing that is the same is there both on the same rock in both pictures.4. The second thing that is the same is they both have their heads sticking out in both pictures.


  21. Posted by ec12 on December 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    1) Also I think that the turtles have grown twice in size.
    2) Yerttel’s and Bowser ‘s neck color has become much brighter.
    3) Also, last but not least, their claws are longer and sharper.


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