There is a pond in the center of town with a wooden boardwalk on one side of it. This section of the pond is pretty shallow, with a lot of pond lilies and sumac roots, but it's also filled with turtles. Some days you can see 40-50 of them sunning themselves and swimming. In this recent photo there are five turtles, though only 4 are fairly obvious. Some days I stand here and just watch them slide in and out of the water, onto the roots and onto the grassy shore, coming up from the bottom or just swimming around the pond. I believe they're all the same species, a type of box turtle, and measure no more than 6-8 inches in length. Click on the image to see if you can find all five!
Meanwhile, Back in the Jungle:
This snapping turtle is a bit more than 2 feet long from head-to-tail! Last year I shot this photo as this creature was moving from one small pond to another along my road. Once in a while it's in the same pond as the small turtles above, swimming around like Jaws, lol. When I shot this photo, I didn't realize it was a snapping turtle. I thought it was someone's pet tortoise, lol. I petted it and was close enough to it for it to have taken my arm off! I think it was just as surprised by me as I was by him!