Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) basks in morning light on log in pond, Aurora Colorado US. Unfortunately, turtle has fish hook in mouth.

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Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) basks in morning light on log in pond, Aurora Colorado US. Unfortunately, turtle has fish hook in mouth.
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Turtle did not seem to be in pain from fish hook embedded in its mouth. Hopefully it would eventually be expelled by natural means, and not endanger its life. These turtles can live up to 20 years. Photo taken in fall. Turtle is basking in morning sunshine on floating log in pond, Colorado US.
Location: Jewell Wetland, Colorado US.