This is what I saw when I looked out my kitchen window this afternoon. He didn't really come to dinner. He was just passing through. You can tell he had come out of our lagoon because he is covered with duck weed. He is already about 50 yards away from the water. There is no water anywhere close in the direction he is heading. Where is he going?
I didn't really get this close. I kept my distance and zoomed in. I wanted to get a shot that showed his eyes, but couldn't.
I was surprised by how long his tail is; at least half the length of his body. Much in contrast to the stumpy little tails of box turtles. Does he use it to steer when he swims?
I think his bite is worse than his bark. I caught this shot when the dogs got too close. They barked at him, but didn't try to pick him up. I would have liked to have watched him longer, but as long as I was outside, the dogs were trying to protect me by barking at him. As soon as I went inside, he headed off the road and into the grass.