Meet the Turtles
The Santa Fe River is home to 2 different snapping turtle species. One aspect of our research involves learning about how these species manage to coexist. Another aspect of our work focuses on monitoring these populations and assessing their status because they are threatened by illegal collection for food. These turtles are actually quite shy. They will only bite if they are harassed.
Suwannee Alligator Snapping Turtle
Habitat: river and springs
Nesting season: March - May