This morning I encountered this not-so-little guy crossing one of the streets in our subdivision. And though our subdivision is fairly quiet and people don’t really speed, I hopped out and gave her/him a lift to the other side of the street. And the girls were yelling for me to show them, so I only got one picture…made me nervous dancing around in the middle of the street with a turtle and a camera.
When we got home, I looked up what kind of turtle it was.
Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)
Here is the little green trutle that has been sold by the thousands in pet and variety stores. Perhaps the most distinctive marking is the broad reddish patch behind each eye. In rare instances, the red is replaced by yellow.
Although these turtles are common in areas far south of Ohio, isolated communities have been discovered in some northern states. Whether released captives or remnants of an ancient population from a warmer age, they manage to hold their own. Two such colonies of red-eared sliders have been reported in Ross and Pickaway counties.