Florida Softshell Turtle, or Weird Snorkel Nosed Turtle - Everglades
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Florida Softshell Turtle, or Weird Snorkel Nosed Turtle - Everglades

The most distinct aspect of the Florida softshell turtle (Apalone ferox) is its snorkel-like nose which you can see prominently in this photo. (But I just like to call it the Weird Snorkel Nosed Turtle.) It's also recognized by its flat leathery carapace (shell). This rather large adult (about 2 feet) crossed the path in front of us right as we started on the Anhinga Trail in Everglades National Park. This trail is a must-see for anyone visiting the Everglades.

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Posted Apr 29, 2010 9:04 am

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