Chelydra serpentine. Found about 100 feet from a vernal pool as it tried to cross a road at the park.
Popped up for a breath of air
Another nest I found.
Elizabeth and I visited the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center -- really neat site with lots of birds. Rain was forecasted and by the end of the morning, it was pouring pretty hard. :-/
Alive, but very lethargic and stranded on beach. would only move the head a little to stimuli. possibly juvenile or sub adult. few large barnacles on the carapace. found in an area with lots of windsurfers and kiteboards - could have been hit. Reported to PROFEPA, not sure of outcome
Volunteers unearthed a late nest
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).