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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-20
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS, SanDisk Ultra II 2GB, Hoya 58mm skylight
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-20 14:50
Viewed: 3872
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
During our tour of the Everglades/Shark Valley we
stopped at an observation tower
from there we had a great view of a "pool" with lots
of Alligators and a few Softshell Turtles.


The Florida Softshell Turtle (Apalone ferox) is a
species of softshell turtle native to the eastern
United States, primarily in the state of Florida, but
it also ranges to South Carolina, Georgia, and
Alabama. They are widely distributed by the pet
industry. Individual specimens have been found
released to the wild well outside of their range, but
they are not known to have established outside of
their native habitat.

The Florida Softshell Turtle typically has a dark
brown to olive green, leathery carapace with a white
or cream colored underside. They have a long neck, an
elongated head, with a long snorkel-like nose.
Juveniles have dark blotching, which fades as they
age. They grow to a large size, from 15-63 cm. Females
are larger with males only reaching about 35 cm. The
juveniles are olive-yellow with grey spots and a
yellow lined carpace. Juveniles also have yellow and
orange markings on the head and a gray plastron. These
marking disappear as it ages, although adults
sometimes show traces of the markings.

Florida Softshell Turtles are almost entirely aquatic,
generally only emerging from the water to bask or to
lay their eggs. They prefer still waters and can be
found in ponds, streams, rivers, lakes and swamps.The
Florida Softshell Turtle is carnivorous, eating fish,
snails, insects, and amphibians. The turtle is usually
shy around humans, but when they feel threatened they
will bite with their strong jaws. Like all soft-shells
they are very fast in water and on land. In captivity
they have been known to live up to 30 years old,
although in the wild their lifespans are shorter.

They are highly canivorous, consuming fish, frogs,
amphibians, insects, and crustaceans.

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_Softshell_Turtle]


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hello Thorsten
interesting coexistence and scene,very fine POV and composition,fine photo
TFS thanks for sharing

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-06-25 16:04]

Hi Thor,

A wonderful shot looking down at these reptiles. I saw alligators in the Everglades but no Softshell Turtles. In fact, I had never heard of one until now. What an unusual looking shell it is. Fine details of both and it's interesting to see how they ignore each other.


wow.. unusual shot! beautiful composition! the Softshell Turtle is the largest freshwater turtle, right? tfs!

Great notes Thorsten!
How can these two get along??? You don't make mention of this fact!!!
I too, as a little boy, in Goa, India.... to be EXACT in VALPOI, Goa, India, co-existed with them on our lands in the wilds. GREAT days, then. Always SUNNY, hot & humid.... plenty of wild fruit.... days of glory.
Lovely image, Thorsten. Can see you had a pleasant trip.
Mario with greetings from Canada.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-07-04 5:30]

Hallo Thorsten,
Dieses Bild war mir aufgefallen wegen seiner sehr speziellen Komposition, die mir sehr gefiel. Auch ist das Thema nicht banal. Sehr originelle Darstellung und natürliche Farben. Gut gemacht!
Herzliche Grüsse

Hallo Pavel.

Vielen Dank für das Bild dieser Krokodil und Schildkröte.

Die Komposition des Bildes ist attraktiv, in der Diagonale und bietet uns eine genaue Vorstellung über das "Drama" in den Fluss. Die Schärfe ist sehr gut. Die Schärfentiefe wird angepasst, um das Motiv und geben Sie uns eine Fülle von Details. Die Farben sind realistics als auch den Kontrast.

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu diesem Bild.

Ich hoffe, um zu sehen, ein anderes Mal auf treknature.

Herzlichz grüsse.


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