I found this female Common Musk Turtle on the White Rock Bike Trail in the Lake Highland area of Dallas, Texas. The turtle was found on a part of the trail that crosses over a small pond. The turtle had climbed out of the water and onto the concrete, presumably to sun herself.

I took a couple of quick pictures. Turned her over for a few more, and then she was placed back in the water, safe and sound.

I found this female Common Musk Turtle on the White Rock Bike Trail in the Lake Highland area of Dallas, Texas.
I found this female Common Musk Turtle on the White Rock Bike Trail in the Lake Highland area of Dallas, Texas.
The turtle was found on a part of the trail that crosses over a small pond.
The turtle was found on a part of the trail that crosses over a small pond.
The turtle had climbed out of the water and onto the concrete presumably to sun herself.
The turtle had climbed out of the water and onto the concrete presumably to sun herself.
The turtle is identified as a female by the small size of its tail. The female's tail just barely extends beyond the edge of the shell and is decidedly smaller than that of a male.
The turtle is identified as a female by the small size of its tail. The female’s tail just barely extends beyond the edge of the shell and is decidedly smaller than that of a male.
Another picture of the underside of a female Common Musk Turtle.
Another picture of the underside of a female Common Musk Turtle.
After the picture taking, the Common Musk Turtle was returned to the water safe and sound.
After the picture taking, the Common Musk Turtle was returned to the water safe and sound.