Florida Softshell Turtle (Apalone ferox)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Florida Softshell Turtle (Apalone ferox)

“…primarily carnivorous, feeding on snails, insects, fish, crayfish, and occasionally clams and tetrapod vertebrates; part of this may represent scavenging.”
“… predators include foxes, raccoons, skunks and fish crows, while hatchlings and juveniles may be consumed by raptors and various other predators. Adults are very occasionally taken by alligators”

Learn: http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/165597/0

Shown swimming amid Florida Native Plant: American White Waterlily (Nymphaea odorata)

My take: When Wildlife Moves On




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