So I shouldn't have been surprised when I came across this in the driveway on my way home yesterday*:
|He was basking. It was over 90 degrees out.|
So obviously I stopped, the manfriend picked it up, and we went on our merry way.
When we got back up to the camper, Mike hosed him (could be a girl, I suppose. I'm not on my turtle sexing. Sorry) off, and then there was appropriate amounts of oohing and ahhing.
|At first I thought he was hissing, but really he just seemed to be thirsty. My manfriend obliged.|
Oh. Like the rocks?My mom did it. Thanks Lone Reader!
And then we bid him a fond farewell and sent him on his terrapinny way.
|After a fond farewell, the damn thing sat there for like an hour.|
I looked around online and tried to identify it - my best guess is a Yellowbelly Slider - mostly based on the striped (instead of circular) markings, rounded jaw, and domed shell. I'm happy to be corrected, but I'm OK with thinking it was a slider...
*more accurately I was driving up the driveway chattering away about nothing (I'm pretty sure - that would be the norm, anyway) and trying to avoid the massive tree roots uprooted by the AT&T guy burying our phone line, when I hear "baby slow down! SLOW DOWN!! Turtle turtle turtle TURTLE TUUUURRRRTLE!!!!' coming from the direction of the manfriend. He just blended so well. ("Oh yeah. You blend" - name that movie!)