This is another variation on the "guessing game" entries posted in September, October, and November of 2011 (see "Guess Who? Part 1 & 2" and "Birds of a Feather Part 1 & 2" in my archives.) Please note, instead of posting this entry in two parts, I've posted the answers at the end of this blog.
There are many types of scales. And, no, I'm not talking about the kind you step on to weigh yourself! As the body covering on several different types of animals, scales come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, textures, and colors. Mostly, they serve as a protective outer layer--body armor of a sorts. Do you know what kind of reptile these scales belong to?:
Ready for the answers?....The first picture showed the scales of a yellow-bellied slider (a freshwater pond turtle.) We have several kinds of turtles displayed in our Museum exhibits--I'll do a feature on them in a future blog. Visitors can often spot wild turtles on the Museum grounds (we're adjacent to Deer Park Pond.):