This is for Cindy and her kids. When you live between the lake and the slough, I suppose you've got to expect visitations from critters like this.
But honestly, this turtle about gave me a heart attack as I was poking around under my front porch the other day - very well camouflaged in those leaves. The next day, it had managed to get in the fenced yard, and I think couldn't find its way out again. Dog Jesse helped by retrieving it from the far corner. Don't worry - no harm done, and I carried it down closer to the water. It was about 8 inches across and HEAVY! Just love that bright red accent around the edge of the shell.