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diamondback terrapin

February 9, 2018

diamondback_terrapin_by_al_lau

Diamondbacks are some of the most beautifully decorated creatures in the Terrapin family. My illustration displays the brilliant orange crystalline-like scutes on the carapace of the shell, although the turtle appears in a wide variety of patterns and colors. They can be observed in the brackish marshes and rivers in the Chesapeake Bay. With their strong horned beak, they like to feed on mollusks and crustaceans.

For my pet turtles, which are Red-Eared Sliders, I made a video on How To Clean Your Turtle Tank. Please feel free to check it out and let me know what you think! https://youtu.be/z8J7UED_F9U

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sketch: loggerhead sea turtle

November 10, 2017

sea_turtle_loggerhead_by_al_lau

red_eared_turtle_by_al_lau

The Red-Eared Slider is another common fresh-water turtle in America. They can grow to a size of about 16 inches and can live up to 30 years, in the wild. Being cold-blooded reptiles, Red-Ears rely on the warmth of the sun to maintain their body temperatures. That is why is they can be found basking in large numbers on rocks or logs around ponds or lakes. My drawing shows one turtle enjoying a stone platform all to himself.

everglades wildlife

I spent some time in the Florida, documenting various wildlife with photography and drawing. I was most anxious to see an alligator in the flesh… err, in the scales, rather. It would have been a shame to go all the way to Florida and not see gators. Well, the Everglades has an abundance of these smiling massive reptiles, basking in the sun. They are practically posing for you.

Still, alligators are not the only exotic animals to see. Visitors from everywhere come here to experience world-class bird watching. I come here more to fish watch and reptile watch. My next priority after seeing gators was to spot turtles. Again, this National Park did not disappoint. I saw dinosaur-sized turtles.

Here is my sketch (a work in progress) which is a snapshot of an Everglades scene. It includes mangroves, a soft-shelled turtle and of course, a gator. The proximity of this many animals in one area is really not unheard of, in the Glades.

painted turtle

March 16, 2011

The clocks move an hour forward this weekend, and that means Spring is almost here.  (One more week to go.)  In honor of the return of warmer weather, I create a watercolour. It’s the first critter to emerge from hibernation, a Painted Turtle, now basking in the sun, peacefully in a remote pond.

Spring is almost here, and so soon the hibernating animals will emerge.  Sleepy-eyed critters, like aquatic turtles peak their heads from the lake, eager to find a floating log and worship the sun. My red-eared turtle models for this illustration, done in digital medium.

red-eared turtle

December 7, 2009

A Red-Eared Slider climbing out to bask.  It is a chilly winter here, and I long for the warmth of the sun just like this turtle.

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