When we visited Brazos Bend State Park last Saturday, red-eared sliders were everywhere in and around the lake where we walked a trail. The sun was shining brilliantly and the turtles of all sizes, from tiny babies to old grandfathers, were taking full advantage of it.
|Turtles are reptiles, after all, and the sun helps to warm them and help them to get active.|
|This one had decided to go for a swim. You can see why he's called "red-eared."|
|These turtles are excellent swimmers. This one gives us a good look at the interesting pattern on his carapace and head. The carapace can actually vary in color and in pattern according to the age of the turtle.|