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Oddballs

Two other unusual turtles also live in the river and springs

Florida Chicken Turtle
Deirochelys reticularia

ID: long neck with many yellow stripes
      wide mouth
      carapace length**: female 9.8" (249mm); male 6.2" (157mm)
Habitat: rare in river and springs
Diet: carnivore, specializing on crayfish and insects
Nesting season: September - March
• crepuscular
• basks rarely

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Florida Softshell Turtle
Apalone ferox

ID: long neck
      leathery carapace
      snorkel nose
      carapace length*: female 19.9" (505mm); male 11.9" (303mm)
Habitat: river and springs
Diet: carnivore
Nesting season: March - July
• diurnal
• basks rarely
• fastest swimming turtle in the Santa Fe River
• take from the wild prohibited May 1 to July 31 [Rule 68A-25.002(9)]

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Watch the video of "Virgil the Turtle" at Blue Grotto


* Carapace length listed is longest recorded in Santa Fe River
** Carapace length listed is longest recorded in Florida

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