In leaf litter, temp 80 f
Carapace l. 12.5", 15 lbs, swimming in shallow pool in creekbed. Caught, measured, released at poc
The zoom of the camera makes this little guy look bigger than he is, this was a young'un.
Looked like male trying to mate with a female.
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