Many red-eared sliders live in the pond making up the majority of the hard-shelled turtle population there. I saw them in varying sizes and also saw a few other turtle varieties.
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A Florida box turtle I saw at Forest Tower Park.
This is a chicken turtle. The length of its claws indicate it's probably a male.
Not sure what type of turtle this is, but I thought the shell pattern was interesting.
There seemed to be only one turtle with red on its shell in the pond.
This red-eared slider has quite a colorful shell.
Looking at this turtle from the opposite bank it appeared the shell was cracked.
Turns out that some loose vegetation in the water became stuck on the top of the shell.
A very colorful body on this red-eared slider.
A close view of the face of a red-eared slider.
During an extended period of dryness the water level in the pond dropped. I'm assuming that's why this turtle has moss growing on its shell.
This turtle looks like it grew fur!
Sitting in the sun is the only way turtles can warm themselves so it's common to see them resting along the water's edge.
Six turtles sunning themselves.
During a prolonged dry spell the water level in the pond dropped significantly exposing a tire someone must have tossed into it. These two males use it to sun(warm) themselves.
I often saw the turtles with a foot out to the side like the pose on this left turtle.
A mud-covered small slider sunning itself on a log floating in the pond.
Not sure why this turtle kept going after the mallard, but the mallard was not happy about the attention.
The mallard walked away, but the turtle kept following it until the mallard flew further from the water's edge.
All photos © S. M. Garver