While walking around Lake Junaluska, I happened to see this little guy! I came down to the bank and was able to get up close and personal with him. I think he thought I was going to feed him, but to his dismay, I was just taking a quick picture. He was about the size of my hand, so I assume he was still pretty young, as they typically get pretty large. He was very active and friendly! He was green, with the typical red dots ("ears") on either side of his head.
I found this gal (at least I think it's a gal judging by the size and other factors) just about to cross a real busy street leading out of my subdivision. Luckily we were only about 20 yards away from a good sized creek so I transported her there.
She was in good shape, no signs of distress on her carapace, but a little scarring and pitting on the plastron. The plastron measured 9.5 inches long.
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...