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Florida Snapping Turtle

Chelydra serpentina osceola

Description:

The Florida Snapping Turtle has pointed neck tubercles. It is easily distinguished from the alligator snapping turtle by its smooth shell & smaller size. The pond in which I spotted these had various other turtles swimming around. I noted that they were staying away from where I was standing (they hadn't been before). These snapping turtles were apparently what had changed.

Habitat:

Local nature park. The Florida Snapping Turtle lives in fresh or brackish (preferably shallow) water, preferring those which provide for easy concealment.

Notes:

http://fl.biology.usgs.gov/posters/Herpe...

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1 Comment

MelissaFerguson
MelissaFerguson 10 years ago

Great information and photo!

1Sarah2
Spotted by
1Sarah2

Largo, Florida, USA

Spotted on Oct 27, 2011
Submitted on Oct 30, 2011

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