Wanted a second opinion on this. The larger of these two of course.
The turtle was poised on rock near the river as I walked down a trail in the forest of the National Art Museum here in North Carolina. The neck was striped and the markings on the shell were very notable.
Pseudemys is a genus of large, herbivorous, freshwater turtles of the eastern United States. They are often referred to as cooters, which stems from kuta, the word for turtle in the Bambara and Malinké languages, brought to America by African slaves.