Pretty sure it’s female, and it was rescued from becoming roadkill or “cooter stew” somewhere in Georgia.
Photos were taken by Adam…
She was found on top of a bigger turtle who had been killed by a car or a logging truck. He picked her up and carried her to the woods two or three times, but she kept running back to her dead friend or mother.
So now she is in a ten gallon tank with a nice bit of wood and not enough rocks and some moss, along with some crickets, meal worms, and lettuce.
She seems to be enjoying her heat lamp, and she likes being held.
Yes, I wash my hands after handling her.
I think we’re going to call her Nellie, short for Salmonella.
Hopefully she will be happy, despite the loss of her friend.