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Softshell Turtle – February 2020

No matter how you look at the Florida Softshell Turtle, it is ugly. But it is beautifully adapted to the mud covered by shallow water found in wetlands all across Florida.

Images one and two show its snorkle-like snout. Images three, four, five and six show the flatness of its shell which looks very much like a flat rock, and even more so when it is covered with mud and moss. The final image is actually of a different turtle which was crossing one of the canal roads that day. He has his head fully up showing clearly how he can bury himself in the mud and still occasionally come up for air.

MWM

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