Everglades National Park

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Florida Soft Shell Turtle out of water, Everglades National Park, Florida- click to see full size image
Another softshell turtle sunning itself on a rock. They also like to burrow in mud, this one has mud caked on its shell. Unlike most turtles the softshell can move pretty quickly on land and very fast in the water. They are omnivorous and will eat just about anything edible. They have a long neck, and can bite hard enough to bruise and break your skin. They can be aggressive at times. Photo taken on Shark Valley Loop Road.


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