in Thoreau’s Journal:
The handsome blood red lackered?—marks on the edge & under the edge of the painted-tortoises shell—like the marks on a waiter—concentric—few colors like it in nature. This tortoise too like the guttata painted on these parts of its shell and on legs & tail in this style—but throat bright yellow stripes. Sternum dull Yellowish or buff. It hisses like the spotted— Tortoises everywhere coupling— Is the male the large & flatter with depressed sternum— It so seems? There is some regularity in the guttatas spots—generally a straight row on back. Some of the spots are orange some times on the head.
May 1, 2018