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Posted by YMorgan on March 10, 2003 at 10:47:18:
In Reply to: neuse river north carolina posted by turtlelord on March 09, 2003 at 14:55:12:
Hi. I'm not a major turtle enthusiast, but might be able to help some. Keep in mind that the Neuse River flows all the way from Falls Lake in Raleigh past New Bern and into the Pamlico Sound - so you're talking about a large area.
Species that you could expect to see in the Neuse River basin include: the common snapping, eastern painted, spotted, eastern river cooter, yellowbelly slider, eastern mud, and common musk. Several species can be found in the lower basin (near the coast)but you'd be real lucky to find one: eastern chicken, striped mud, and Florida cooter. Of course, eastern box turtles are found throughout NC.
In my personal experience (which isn't necessarily supported by locality data), I've seen plenty of painted, snapping, sliders and occasional spotted turtles in/near ponds and slow-moving waters around Raleigh. However, the number of turtles I see increases dramatically nearer the coast where there the land is lower and flatter providing many more wetlands communities. In the coastal plain, I see lots of sliders, musks, muds and snappers when I'm out looking for snakes.
As for the loggerheads, it wouldn't be impossible to see one in the lower Neuse or its estuary (where the river meets the Pamlico Sound)during the summer months, but it seems you'd be way more likely to see them in the sound and especially in the ocean itself, along the coast.
:I read an earlier post stating that the neuse river is a good area for snakes. Does anyone know what turtles are in that area?I read on the north carolina web site that loggerhead sea turtles are in that area.I am going to buy the N.C herps book suggested in the earlier post, but was looking for first hand accounts of turtles in the area.
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