I am thinking this Red-eared Slider is searching for new habitat because he left a nearby pond and was in my yard. I took a few photos and left it to continue on its journey. The next morning I found it trapped inside my fenced in garden. It must have found its way through the gate which was open. I could see where it had moved around the fence trying to find a way out. I picked it up and took it to a pool of water in the same direction it was heading when I saw it yesterday. I took a few more photos and watched it move into deeper water where it disappeared.
Early last June I had one of these Red-eared Sliders walking up my driveway (Red-eared Slider Leaving). I see a lot of these turtles in the pond near my house and I’m guessing it gets crowded. I read these Turtles always stay close to water unless they are searching for a new habitat or when the females leave the water to lay their eggs.
Red-eared Slider Facts
Red-eared sliders are almost entirely aquatic, but as they are cold-blooded, they leave the water to sunbathe to regulate their temperature.
Red Eared Sliders do not hibernate, but actually brumate; while they become less active, they do occasionally rise to the surface for food or air. Brumation can occur to varying degrees. In the wild, red-eared sliders brumate over the winter at the bottoms of ponds or shallow lakes. They generally become inactive in October, when temperatures fall below 150 °F. During this time, the turtles enter a state of sopor, during which they do not eat or defecate, they remain nearly motionless, and the frequency of their breathing falls. Individuals usually brumate underwater, but they have also been found under banks and rocks, and in hollow stumps. In warmer winter climates, they can become active and come to the surface for basking. When the temperature begins to drop again, however, they quickly return to a brumation state. Sliders generally come up for food in early March to as late as the end of April. (Wikipedia)