The highlight of the day was a sighting of the
...several of them were basking in what there was of the sunshine:
The red marks give it the name, and Collette North of the
Missouri Department of Conservation
whom I met at the Visitors' Center and started chatting with, told me that only males have these red "ears", and often in older turtles, the colour disappears, so I was lucky in sighting several males with the coloured "ears"!
In this one, you can see the webbed feet of the turtle...and there's another one in the water, probably did a "slider" into the water as I came by, and waiting for me to go!
It was lovely to see these creatures "in the wild"....