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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
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  • greycat
    greycatabout 5 years ago

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

  • May Lattanzio
    May Lattanzioabout 5 years ago

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

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 5 years ago

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

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1about 5 years ago


  • NEmens
    NEmensabout 5 years ago

    Excellent capture!

  • sharpie
    sharpieabout 5 years ago

    Never seen the like before, awesome! instant fave!

  • Michael L Dye
    Michael L Dyeabout 5 years ago

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

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