Striped Mud Turtle

This is the time of year where every creature, little or small, is moving. So it is  important to watch where you are going especially in areas where you can drive through. Caught this one crossing the limestone road.

Striped Mud Turtle | March 11 | Alice Mary Herden
Striped Mud Turtle | March 11 | Alice Mary Herden

This turtle doesn’t grow very big.. maybe 3-5 inches and can easily be mistaken for a pinecone. So again, it’s important to look ahead when you are driving in places like Chassahowitzka WMA. 

Striped Mud Turtle | March 11 | Alice Mary Herden
Striped Mud Turtle | March 11 | Alice Mary Herden

From the above photo, you can see the three stripes along the back of its shell. This one looks like it has been here for a while. Let’s hope this turtle can live for many more years.


Links:

https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/reptiles/freshwater-turtles/striped-mud-turtle/

https://www.virginiaherpetologicalsociety.com/reptiles/turtles/striped-mud-turtle/striped_mud_turtle.php

http://srelherp.uga.edu/turtles/kinbau.htm

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Black Racer…Good to have around.

Black Racer…. very, very good to have around your yard. Why? Well, they eat other snakes, mice and rats!

Black Racer
Juvenile Black Racer | September 11

Juveniles are often mistaken as Pygmy Rattlesnakes.

Breeding: March thru June | Eggs 6-20: May thru August

Like the baby alligators, snakes also have a egg tooth that helps them rip open the egg and falls off within a couple of days.  Neonates or hatchlings are on their own once they emerge from the egg, feeding on insects and other small amphibians.

Southern Black Racer
Southern Black Racer | August 21

 


Links:

http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/snakes/blackracer.shtml

https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/herpetology/fl-snakes/list/coluber-constrictor-priapus/

http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/snakes/florida.shtml

http://www.pbase.com/dydmd/non_venomous_snakes_of_florida&page=all