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The Yellow-Bellied Slider (Trachemys scripta scripta) is a land and water turtle commonly found in Texas waterways. It is found in a wide variety of habitats, including slow-moving rivers, floodplain swamps, marshes, seasonal wetlands, and permanent ponds. Yellow-Bellied Sliders are popular as pets.
The Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) mainly eats fish and hunts by swimming and diving. Its feathers, like those of all cormorants, are not waterproof and thus spends time drying them out after spending time in the water. Once threatened by the use of DDT, the banning of this chemical has helped to increase numbers of this species. But traces of DDT still remain in U.S. waterways, even after several decades since it was banned.
An Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca) stands at the waters edge along Lake Woodlands. Native to Africa south of the Sahara and the Nile Valley. Egyptian geese were considered sacred by the Ancient Egyptians, and appeared in much of their artwork. Because of their popularity chiefly as an ornamental bird, escapees are common and feral populations have become established in non-native habitats including parts of Central and Southeastern Texas.