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Large freshwater turtles reaching nearly 20 inches and 35 pounds. This one was about 16" (40-45 cm). Aggressive when threatened with a tenacious bite that is nearly impossible to escape once locked on.
Found crossing the road towards a marshy area in Central Iowa, USA. (350 masl).
I came upon this guy trying to cross a paved country road. He was on the shoulder. I stopped and took him across as I could see the slough he was heading for. Unfortunately, his companion had already been killed on the road. Nasty disposition, but really cool.