This is the scene we found in our yard yesterday. The cat found this huge mud turtle most interesting.
When we returned from a trip downtown, it was crossing the road. As I got nearer, it just stopped and flattened right out on the road, head and all. Being an animal lover, I rescued it by picking it up and taking it to the other side where it could go down into the swamp. Let me tell you, mud turtles are not docile. It showed it's annoyance by thrashing it's head back and forth forcefully all the time I was carrying it.