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Young female turtle I found on the roadside last evening. I’ve taken many back to the water but this was an almost perfect example of one who has never had an altercation with vehicle, dog or gator. Her plastron and carapace were unblemished, she had only two spots along the edge of her plastron and she was a beauty, too far from the water to make it safely across the road. I would say she was up searching for a nest site for the first year.

Water turtles don’t have “rings” on the scutes (like rings on a tree and tortoises), so I can’t be sure of the age. As turtles go, she was Miss Florida.

Bayou George, FL
Sony W50

http://scienceray.com/biology/marine-biology/tu...

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water, young, creek, florida, macro, tongue, mouth, turtles, nesting

Author, poet, freelance writer, rescuer of dogs and cats,
animal welfare advocate, hookbill owner, occasional wildlife rehabilitator, chaser of bugs who just loves photography.

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  • greycat
    greycatover 4 years ago

    thank you for the wonderful write-up to accompany the wonderful picture.

  • May Lattanzio
    May Lattanzioover 4 years ago

    http://scienceray.com/biology/marine-biology/tu...

    Thank you, greycat! I’ve just added something on turtle anatomy.

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 4 years ago

    A very unusual, great capture and info, well done!

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1over 4 years ago

    Awesome!

  • NEmens
    NEmensover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture!

  • sharpie
    sharpieover 4 years ago

    Never seen the like before, awesome! instant fave!

  • Michael L Dye
    Michael L Dyeover 4 years ago

    Nice!! looks like a good place for a finger!! lol

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