The name of this lovely spot on Rattlesnake Bar is actually Avery’s Pond, and I’ve shared some photos of it before (from a previous hike in 2016). But on a nice warm spring day, you’re bound to spot plenty of large turtles sunning themselves on logs here — that is, unless the turtles see you first!
These particular turtles are red-eared sliders; they often start out as pet store purchases. Because people have chosen to release them into the wild, they’ve become an invasive species, pushing out the native Western pond turtle.
Categories: Animals, local, nature, Photography
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