Category: Turtles

The Eastern Mud Turtle, 19 April 2013

Kinosternon subrubrum subrubrum, the Eastern mud turtle; Lowndes county, Georgia; 19 April 2013. Despite it’s common name, the Eastern mud turtle (Kinosternon subrubrum subrubrum) is a particularly pretty and adorable turtle species. With a carapace length averaging between three to five inches or so,…

Spring Break 2018: Apalone ferox, 14 March 2018

Apalone ferox, the Florida softshell turtle; Collier county, Florida (14 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. I’ll be the first to admit that the Florida softshell (Apalone ferox) is by no means conventionally “beautiful” or “pretty,” yet I still find them to be extraordinarily…

Spring Break 2018: A Wee Red-Bellied Cooter

Pseudemys nelsoni, the Florida red-bellied cooter; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Of all the reptiles in the American southeast, I’m perhaps loosest and least confident when it comes to identifying cooters (Pseudemys sp.) and sliders (Trachemys sp.). While some…

Spring Break 2018: No Privacy for the Softshell

Apalone ferox, the Florida softshell turtle; Miami-Dade county, Florida (18 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. The latter portion of our Spring Break 2018 romp was spent in the Coral Gables / South Miami area for the this year’s Anolis Symposium — held at the most magnificent…

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…