Monday, July 17, 2017

Wayward Red-eared Slider

Found on Michigan Avenue Sunday morning walking along the curb at the edge of the road, apparently unable to climb up and over the curb.

The mud-stained carapace was approximately eight inches long and five inches wide.

The plastron.

Unhappy rescued turtle.  Shortly after this I released him/her into the Rouge River.  I hope I guessed the direction and purpose of its travels correctly.

Red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) is the most popular pet turtle in the United States as well as in other parts of the world.  As a kid, I had a couple.  They can grow to be quite large and are often released in rivers, lakes and ponds when they are no longer little and cute. 

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