Apalone ferox, 15 March 2019

Apalone ferox, the Florida softshell;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (15 March 2019).

Perhaps my favorite Testudines species in the state, this is the ignoble-yet-awesome Florida softshell turtle. They’re very shy, much faster on land than you’d expect, and quite snappy if handled (for good reason, mind you). Attitude is their collective middle name, and I love that about them. I’m always delighted to come across a Florida soft-shell lolling about on shore after a nice rain.

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