My mom went to Scottsdale Arizona a couple of weeks ago, and she had her Big World Assignment hat on. She stopped by Chaparral Lake to see if she could find me any new friends. You can see her in the reflection on the sign if you look closely!
And mom found me a turtle friend! We think this is a Red-Eared Slider Turtle, but his shell sure looks awfully dirty! Maybe there is too much sludge in this beautiful lake for him to stay clean?
Red-Eared Slider Turtles like to spend most of their time in water, but also love to bask in the sunshine. I personally don't like water, but I like sunshine just as much as my new Turtle friend does!
Red-Eared Sliders are shy and they got their name because they have red ears, and they frantically "slide" off their sunbathing spots when approached.
And going back to the sign at the top of this post, this lake is part of a fishing program in Scottsdale, and there are LOTS of fish here! Mom tried to ask the fish if they wanted to be my friends, but they were "in school" and could not come out to talk to mom before recess.