Sternotherus minor, 30 October 2016

Sternotherus minor minor, the Loggerhead musk turtle;
Levy county, Florida (30 October 2016, Nikon D7100).

Is there anything quite as cute as a super-young and tiny Loggerhead musk turtle? Seriously, look at this kid. Loggerhead musk turtles remain fairly small as adults with carapace length reaching upwards to five inches or so. As for this lad, it was spotted swimming in the crystalline, clear spring-fed waters of Levy county, Florida. Loggerhead musk turtles prefer clean, clear freshwater environments. This tiny tank was certainly happy to retreat back into its aquatic universe after I snapped a few quickfire shots.

Learn more about the Loggerhead musk turtle!

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