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Soft Shelled Turtle

Soft Shelled Turtle
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Copyright: brenda stevens (drchoneydew) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 38 N: 475] (3501)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-10-01
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon Rebel T2, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-10-05 17:51
Viewed: 1691
Points: 16
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I am always so mesmerized when viewing these turtles. They get quite big and is almost entirely aquatic, only emerging from the water to bask or to lay eggs. The little video clip shows the habitat of where this guy was captured.

It prefers the still waters of ponds, streams, lakes, and swamps. Like all soft-shells it is very fast-moving in water and on land. This species is carnivorous, consuming fish, insects, crustaceans, and molluscs. Sadly I have seen it consumed by many an alligator and they don't have a chance against them once caught because their shells are just this; soft. Hard shelled turtles kind of pop out of the mouth of a gator! video of Soft shelled Turtle moving fast here

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-10-05 18:09]

Hello Brenda,
I see you also have these guys down in your neck of the woods. Don't you just love their leathery shells and long pig-like noses. They can really extend their necks out a long ways if they need to.
We have quite a few here in our area, but as you already stated they spend most of the time under water so you don't see them very often.

This is quite a curious species of Turtles, Brenda. Its snout has a marked resemblance to that of a pig. The eyes remind me of a frog.
Good capture in its natural habitat.
Thanks and regards.

Ciao Brenda, great portrait of strange creature, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Brenda
照的很創意 很漂亮的鏡頭
第一次見到這大的烏龜頭 很稀奇

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-10-06 5:18]

Hello Brenda,
This is really a special creature. I didn't know about this Turtle-species before you have published a picture from it in the past. We always can learn on this site :-). Interesting video-clip too.
Well chosen framing, natural colours.
Thanks a lot.
Kind regards

Hello Brenda,
Unusual animal and an interesting video clip too.Proper TN material. Well done.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-10-06 15:33]

Hi Brenda,magnificent capture of this interesting specie whit a very good quality of details and colors despite the very difficult location,i like it!Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Amazing creature Brenda! Beautiful and interesting photo! The composition is excellent!

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