I photographed this mother turtle sunning with several of her babies in the Great Dismal Swamp NWR. You can see in the foreground another baby with its head sticking out of the water as it continue eating the algae. Yellow-bellied and spotted turtles are commonly seen in ditches throughout the refuge.
The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is located in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The refuge consists of over 112,000 acres of forested wetlands. Lake Drummond, at 3,100 acres and the largest natural lake in Virginia, is located in the heart of the swamp.