Pond Slider Turtle!!

These aquatic creatures can range from 5 to 12 inches in size and are encompassed by an oval carapace or hard shell. Young hatchlings have a green carapace and skin with markings and stripes dependent upon their species. With age the carapace and skin become less distinct because of the increase in black pigment.
In nature, sliders usually live in swampy areas where there is a lot of mud and vegetation, such as shallow ponds and lakesides In addition to swimming and digging in rocks and mud, sliders love the warmth of the sun, and can lazily lay there for hours, before returning to the water for a swim. Sliders are also omnivorous, although they tend to eat less meat as they grow older

Looks a bit like a frog but is actually a wee slider turtle plastron, available here in the shop.  Another victim of spring flooding, I think?  Found it between the rails on the train tracks.  I can’t imagine a little guy this size would have been able to climb back up and over the rail after being swept up onto them… kind of sad to think about, but I’ve been so amazed and excited about all the turtle shells and shell pieces and ADORABLE skeletal bones I found this fall…

First day back at work after my vacation was pretty interesting.

We’re in inventory week this week, so I spent a good chunk of my shift running around locating skews for items the inventory crew found that were lacking them.

One of my coworkers brought in a slider turtle that he’d found on the side of the road on his way to work, then one of my other coworkers ended up taking it home to replace one of hers that she’d lost. He was pretty shy.

There were also Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Dominos pizza in the break room. Between that and the turtle, my day was pretty much made.