Female turtle laid eggs in high-traffic area near children's play area. When we returned about an hour later, the turtle was gone and the nest hole had been covered up. We suspect that staff at the Riparian Preserve had removed the turtle and eggs.
At this location, there were several large turtles resting on a log in water.
Photo taken from about 35 meters distance,
Kolomoki State Park, GA
Observed four small individuals out walking on a warm day.
Why are they out of the water now??
Turtles are reptiles of the order Chelonii or Testudines characterised by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs and acting as a shield.Turtle may refer to the chelonian order as a whole (American English) or to fresh-water and sea-dwelling chelonians (British English).