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Ask a Ranger: Wave the Loggerhead's 50th Birthday Bash


Click the player above to listen to the episode. Read below to learn about the terminology used in the podcast and scroll further down to see photos of the turtles.


Turtle Podcast Terminology

On this episode of Ask a Ranger podcast, Ranger Crystal and Ranger Jess talk to a number of different turtle species native to North Carolina (plus, Shirley the alligator snapping turtle, who is from further south). The rangers use some words that may be confusing, so let's break it down here:

Plastron: the bottom shell of the turtle

Carapace: the upper shell of the turtle

Beak: the hard outer covering of their jaw or their mouth

Biome: a large naturally occurring community of flora and fauna occupying a major habitat

Ectothermic: cold-blooded

Brumation: the hibernation-like state that cold-blooded animals utilize during the very cold weather

Terrapene: the genus box turtles fall under

Ecosystem: a community of living organisms and non-living components such as air, water, minerals and soil

Barnacles: a marine crustacean with an outer shell that will attach itself permanently to different types of surfaces (i.e. piers, boats, loggerhead sea turtle shells)

A-frames: a wave shaped like a peak that breaks both left and right, equally


Meet the Ask a Ranger Podcast Turtles

Terrance, the box turtle

Box turtle

Terrapene carolina carolina, J. Phillips


Snooty, the eastern common snapping turtle

Chelydra serpentina, K. Bischof


Tolba, the yellow-bellied slider

Trachemys scripta scripta, J. Brown


Mikah, the musk turtle

Musk turtle

Sternotherus odoratus, J. Wyche


Shirley, the alligator snapping turtle

Alligator snapping turtle

Macrochelys temminckii, Courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Wave, the loggerhead sea turtle

Loggerhead sea turtle

Caretta caretta, R. Newman


About the Ask a Ranger Podcast

Ranger Crystal and Ranger Jess host the North Carolina State Parks Ask a Ranger Podcast series.

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For a full list of episodes, visit our BuzzSprout page.

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William B. Umstead State Park

8801 Glenwood Avenue
RaleighNC 27617
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Latitude: 35.890500
Longitude: -78.750200

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The gate at the Crabtree Creek entrance will open at 7am daily as part of a pilot program to allow early access to the trails system. From March 15th through December 1st, the family campground gate will remain open an additional hour after the park closes so those campers have access in and out the park during that time. 

Crabtree Creek Entrance:
November-February: 7am - 6pm
March, April, September, October: 7am - 8pm
May - August: 7am - 9pm
Closed Christmas Day

Reedy Creek Entrance:
November - February: 8:00am - 6pm
March, April, September, October: 8:00am - 8pm
May - August: 8:00am - 9pm
Closed Christmas Day

William B. Umstead main park gates are closed and locked promptly at posted closing time. No entry or exit is permitted after this time except for law enforcement or medical emergencies.

Park Office/Visitor Center
8am - 5pm
Closed Christmas Day

Exhibit Hall
Located in the Visitor Center
January - December, 9am - 4:30pm
Closed Christmas Day

Tent and Trailer Family Campground
Season of Operation: March 15th - December 1st