Pseudemys peninsularis — Peninsula Cooter
This turtle was milling about in a large shallowish pond along with some Florida softshell turtles, begging for handouts from visitors. It's a sad sight to see a turtle beg, and not one I ever expected.
This tiny turtle was about ten feet below me on a log on the river's edge. The ornateness of the shell pattern makes me fairly certain that this is Pseudemys peninsularis and not Pseudemys nelsoni, which generally has a much simpler pattern.
These turtles are generally wary on shore, ready to live up to their names and slide back into the water at the slightest disturbance. This one must have been really enjoying the pleasant day because it let me sneak up quite close.
Yet another badly-lit shot of a Peninsula Cooter about to slide into the pond if I try to sneak around to the proper side.
I noticed this floating turtle while scouring the floating water plants, unsuccessfully looking for water snakes. Consolation prize!
I'm pretty sure these turtles were gossiping about me when I turned my back.
This one has a particularly clean shell that clearly shows the swirly reddish reticulations.
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