Beaver garden and turtle

Jon Holcombe

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I am wondering if someone can id this turtle. I helped him cross the road. Tried Google images but could not seem to find what is probably an easy id for some here.

Edit: I forgot to mention that when I emerged from the forest and walked out onto the lake, a Bald Eagle took off from the pine tree. That has happened a number of times recently.

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Jon Holcombe

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Looks like a redbellied cooter but I'm a plant person :)
I saw the picture of Redbellied Cooter but I do not think it lives in NJ. I found a pic of Redbelly Turtle that matches, and and the 11" to 15" size seems correct. It is the largest basking turtle in our area.