These turtles are fairly huge in size and they reside in pond.
I took this photo while the turtle was resting on a stone.
Red-eared Slider, which looks similar to the painted turtle. The carapace (top shell) of the Red-eared Slider is higher domed than that of the Painted Turtle. This Slider has yellow marginal scutes, a yellow plastron covered in dark, blotchy markings, and a red ear mark located just behind the eye. The head, neck, and legs are greenish with yellow stripes. The olive/brown carapace has yellow and black longitudinal bands and stripes.
I suspect an old/melanistic slider
The turtles at the Wabashiki wetlands aren't only facing danger from the highway but also from the nearby railroad tracks. They get stuck between the tracks and baked in their own shells. This individual was moved to safety. Many aren't so fortunate.
Dozens of turtles are being run over at West Terre Haute Indiana on highway 40 along the Wabashiki wetlands. Here are the plans that engineering students at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology drafted up: https://www.facebook.com/download/822434907791390/Rose%20Turtle%20Proposal.pdf. These plans were turned down by the Indiana Department of Transportation. This is where this exact same thing has been done before in Florida: http://www.lakejacksonturtles.org/ . These are the people who are trying to get something done to help the turtles: https://www.facebook.com/groups/134923759975453/ . Here is where you can contact the Indiana Department of Transportation and tell them that you want culverts built under the highway at this location to keep the turtles off the road: http://www.in.gov/indot/2330.htm. It will take about two minutes of your time. I am sending messages every single day. Thank you for helping and thank you for caring. This is the message that I am sending to the Indiana Department of Transportation. Please feel free to copy/paste:
Dozens of turtles are being run over on a daily basis on highway 40 at West Terre Haute Indiana along the Wabashiki wetlands. This presents a danger to the turtles and to motorists. The plan drafted by engineering students at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology involving culverts with drift fences guiding wildlife to the culverts needs to be put in place.
The red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans), also known as red-eared terrapin, is a semiaquatic turtle belonging to the family Emydidae. It is a subspecies of the pond slider. It is the most popular pet turtle in the United States and is also popular as a pet in the rest of the world, as, among other factors, it is easy to maintain. It has, therefore, become the most commonly traded turtle in the world. It is native...