Hanging out with Apalone ferox

Superlative soft shell turtles from Bob Montanaro …

Range Tracking

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Dr. Jon Moore’s talk on the herpetofuana of the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area to Saturday’s FMEL-ORCA conservation stewardship class included a reference to the long neck of the Florida Softshell Turtle (Apalone ferox) that it extends while underwater. Something seen below in the last image. Another trait of these creatures is its long nose that it effectively uses as a snorkel allowing the rest of its body to stay underwater or covered in mud while it lays in wait for prey to pass by.
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A few years ago I came upon a female Softshell Turtle laying eggs in a nest she had dug out of the sand alongside a trail at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.
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Unfortunately, though I dutifully informed the staff of my find, and the nest was properly marked off to denote it, this effort was for naught since less than a week later I…

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