Adult found by Gary Heyroth. Imaged only. GTS 1222.
Orange County, California, US
An old Red-eared Slider?
It was cold out with a cold wind and the weather was forecasted to drop during the day. So I was surprised to find this red eared slider turtle on the shore of Joe Pool Lake. It was stuck on top of some reeds so I set it free..placing the turtle on the sand near the lake... as soon as it felt safe.. it swam off into the lake.
Another nest I found.
Elizabeth and I visited the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center -- really neat site with lots of birds. Rain was forecasted and by the end of the morning, it was pouring pretty hard. :-/
with Black-bellied Whistling ducks
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...