Wild Spanish Turtle
Tortoises cannot swim in water, while turtles can. So I am therefore assuming this fella is a Spanish turtle,
Does anyone know what species? In Spain for the last 20+ years tortoises have legal protection, but sadly their numbers continue to decline. I'm wondering if its the same for turtles?
I feel very blessed to have seen one of these in the narrow irrigation channels (known in Spanish as “acequias”, from the Arabic “al-saqiya”) which are water conduits used to distribute water over large areas, just like the orchards surrounding my home