We saw this chap catching some rays in the MRI wetlands in Carlstadt while we were putting up Tree Swallow boxes earlier this week.
Its shell was still dirty from a winter's nap in the mud.
It was a little more sluggish than usual, so we were able to get a photo or two.
The turtle was not easy to ID, covered with mud, but we've narrowed it to Diamondback Terrapin or Snapping Turtle. Any thoughts?
More on Diamondback Terrapins here.
Other posts on Meadowlands reptiles and amphibians here.