Seeing a Western Pond Turtle is a real treat!

Western Pond Turtles can occasionally be seen along the Gualala River. They are quite shy so often the only sighting is the ring of circles where the turtle just disappeared in the water. Will Ericson recently saw and photographed one.

Western Pond Turtle by Will Ericson A Western Pond Turtle by Will EricsonThese turtles are only found on the West Coast of the United States and Mexico, from Washington State to northern Baja California. They eat a wide variety of food, including plants, insects, and fish.

Thanks to Will for allowing me to share his photos with you here.