Red-eared Slider basking on a downed tree.
A red ear slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) that was saved along highway 40/150 at West Terre Haute Indiana along the Wabashiki wetlands. Dozens of turtles get smashed on the road at this location every single day. There are plans to build a system of culverts under the highway with drift fences to guide wildlife to the culverts but the plans were denied by the Indiana Department of Transportation.
I can't help but think this one is smiling, just hanging out on a rock enjoying the fall sunshine.
Not native here.
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...