Trachemys scripta (Yellow-bellied slider).
| I believe this turtle is a yellow-bellied slider which is the most common turtle species in the southeastern US and often kept as a pet. I saw this turtle in my pool during fairly heavy rain. I was so excited that it let me come close that I didn't correct my camera settings, hence the fuzziness. After the rain stopped, the turtle didn't give me a second chance and immediately dived to the bottom of the pool whenever I left the house. I had no idea that turtles have such good eyes! The following day, we finally succeeded extracting the very tired looking turtle from the pool and brought it to our lake. |