Herpetofauna - One Life's List

Yellowbellied Slider
Trachemys scripta scripta

Near Rockingham, North Carolina.  May 22, 1998

I'd like to say my first Yellow Belly was a thrilling capture, but the truth of it was, it had a bum leg, and couldn't outrun us when we surprised it a small distance away from water.  Like Red Eared Sliders, these turtles turn up in the darnedest places - crossing roads far from water, for one example.  This female was found between a set of railroad tracks in northern Florida, far from any water.
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