pseudemys peninsularis or pseudemys nelsoni
Headed back up north after a really nice meeting in the Lower Rio Grande Valley with the other urban biologists.
Stopped at Atascosa River Park in Pleasanton, but it was a little too manicured. Still spotted a few birds...
Lost Pines CBC 2015
On the right.
Dozens of basking Rio Grande Cooters on these nearby rocks, with some Red-eared Sliders among them.
Three of numerous individuals seen basking or swimming.
Several individuals basking on log jam against bridge piling
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.