I waited to photograph this Turtle’s eye until its head was turning looking back at me moments before slipping into the water. It was captured in an algae covered pond in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Virgina and northeast North Carolina. It had been sunning on this log for quite a while as you can tell from his dried shell with specks of Algae covering it. The swamp is home to many mammal species, including black bear, bobcat, otter, and weasel, along with over 70 species of reptiles and amphibians. More than 200 bird species can be seen at the swamp throughout the year, while 96 of those are known to nest on the refuge.
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