Saw this turtle on the path while biking to work; have seen it a couple of times. One time, I startled it when trying to get close for a photo...and it was climbing a concrete embankment...and it yanked in its legs and slid down the steep slope.
I mean, I'm assuming it's the same turtle. It didn't have a bar code or anything.
My birdwatcher friend Mikael, my go-to guy for wildlife, says it's probably a red-eared slider and that it's probably a female looking for a place to dig a hole and lay eggs in.
I think that's great, and it's likely to keep the deadbeat male turtles away, too. I mean, picture the scene in a turtle singles' bar:
"Hey, baby, what's your sign?"
"I'm looking for a place to dig a hole and lay eggs in."
Turtle guy just walks away. Slowly, of course.