August 27th – Oh gosh, a local celebrity. On the half-shell.
This yellow belly slider turtle has been living in the canal for years – I’ve seen a few of them in my time; there was one at Chasewater for years and several on the Black Country canals.
They are all discarded pets that are now illegal; they are normally southern US residents but survive fine in our climate, but won’t breed.
I’ve had fleeting glimpses of this one before near Clayhanger, but today, I caught it enjoying the sun at the edge of the canal.
It’s large, healthy, and apparently content. And boy, can it move fast: One whiff of danger and it retreated back to the water at top speed.
A fascinating curiosity.