I was quite surprised to spot this little one as I was walking down the driveway. A car just used it and luckily the little turtle was close to the grass.
It is a Red Eared Slider and probably made his way from the nearby lake. Mother turtles lay eggs and they are left on their own to hatch and feed themselves. Turtles can carry salmonella, so I put on some gloves to handle it.
The turtle has very interesting markings and patterns. Red Eared Sliders can live as long as 30 years. After observing and photographing him for awhile, I walked him to a wet area near the lake where I hope he will live a good long life.