Found on a large flat slab of granite sunning itself on the pinnacle of a chunk; it remained in place until I got within 5 feet of it, at which point it fled 30 feet away to a different rock.
Observed along a rural road
Found in a very shallow gravelly creek feeding a pond. The turtle was buried in submerged leaf litter on the side of the creek and was actively foraging when I spotted it. It didn't move so I grabbed it for better pictures. Did not seem at all phased about me handling it - didn't even retreat into its shell.
Adult actively foraging in creek.
Saw grass rustling and identified it as likely to be a whiptail; chased it around a field until it stopped for long enough to take a picture of it. Extremely quick but prone to stopping to check on its pursuit.
Found sunning itself on a large granite boulder. When it saw me, it crawled near a crack and remained there, keeping an eye on me, until it decided I was too close to it and vanished into the crevice.
Ooops, squished it. :-(
Found sitting on top of a large granite boulder near lots of cracks to hide in. Other individuals present in the area within 5'.
Reptiles, the class Reptilia, are an evolutionary grade of animals, comprising today's turtles, crocodilians, snakes, lizards, and tuatara, as well as many extinct groups. A reptile is any amniote (a tetrapod whose egg has an additional membrane, originally to allow them to lay eggs on land) that is neither a mammal nor a bird. Unlike mammals, birds, and certain extinct reptiles, living reptiles have scales or scutes (rather than fur or feathers) and are cold-blooded. Advocates...