Florida Softshell Turtle -- Apalone ferox, flagging down tourists in Hendry County, FL. i think too large to be a male.
Why didn't the turtle cross the road? It seemed to be soaking up the heat.
Sometimes a foot to the backside is needed. Less than a minute later two trucks hauled over the turtle's asphalt sundeck.
close one -- well things can change in a blink...
As eternity blinks from a Wylie eye:
'Within my house of patterned horn
I sleep in such a bed
As men may keep before they're born
And after when they're dead.
Sticks and stones may break their bones,
And words may make them bleed;
There is not one of them who owns
An armor to his need.
Tougher than hide or lozenged bark,
Snow-storm and thunder proof,
And quick with sun, and thick with dark,
This is my darling roof.
Men's troubled dreams of death and birth
Pulse mother-o'-pearl to black;
I bear the rainbow bubble earth
Square on my scornful back.' ~ "The Tortoise in Eternity" by Elinor Wylie