Melanistic red-eared slider male
Helped out with AmeriCorps free meals for lower income families today. It was great to talk about urban critters with some good kiddos. :)
Ate lunch at Bass Park in between presentations.
I believe this is the same female that I've seen the last two trips to this site. She was basking on the same site on the north side of the water body. I tried to get close for a better view, but she heard me and slipped into the water. Luckily, I got several close-ups with the camera.
The red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans), also known as the 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. It has, therefore, become the most commonly-traded turtle in the world. It is native to the southern United States and northern Mexico, but...