Painted turtle

One must stay very still for a long time, waiting for turtles to emerge from the water that they leaped into with great speed at the first sign of approaching trouble.

There are dozens of turtles at this pond.

This turtle seemed to have some growth or prolapse problem near its hind leg.

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It took the turtle so long to climb onto the rock, I made sure I moved extremely slowly as I got up to leave. I was pleased to have left so quietly and slowly that it did not leap into the water, but only turned its head to watch me reproachfully as I carefully, slowly walked away.

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