This turtle knows how to have fun! After basking in the sun on a river bank or stone, it draws up its legs and slides on its lower shell back into the water. The lower shell, also known as the plastron, is yellow and patterned with black markings, and because of the way it uses its eye-catching plastron to slide, the turtle is appropriately named the Ornate Slider. The Ornate Slider is found in western Mexico and is currently protected there due to its small population. Mature Ornate Sliders lay several clutches of eggs a year with about 20 eggs per clutch. That’s a lot of babies! With adequate protection, the species should continue to grow and no longer be vulnerable to extinction.