Snapping Turtle

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Baby snapping turtle in the top right corner of the image. It was slightly moving, mostly looking upwards, but it was hard to take a picture as it was far back in its tank. Apparently these turtles get quite large! Tank was filled with water (not completely), rocks and leaves. Picture taken at McDowell Nature Preserve around 3:30pm.

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Chelydridae
Genus: Chelydra
Species: C. serpentina

Gulf Coast Spiny Softshell Turtle

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WEIRDEST LOOKING TURTLE THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN! Wow! Nature never ceases to amaze me. This turtle has a pointed mouth area, and very flat. In fact, my classmate said that it looks like a chocolate chip pancake.. haha.. Tank was filled with shallow water, a huge rock and leaves. Picture taken at McDowell Nature Preserve around 3:30pm.

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Trionychidae
Genus: Apalone
Species: A. spinifera

Corn Snake

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So cutteeeee! Look at its tiny face! Never thought I would consider a snake adorable :P  This one was all coiled up at one corner of its cage, among leaves. Its tongue was flicking back and forth rapidly, and its head followed our movements when we were looking at him. Picture taken at McDowell Nature Preserve around 3:30pm.

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Pantherophis
Species: P. guttatus

The one that would not move…

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Eastern Box Turtle

Honestly thought this one was fake. It didn’t move at all! Personally, I think its eyes are a little scary but legs are quite interesting. They almost look like a pinecone with the bumps on them! This tank was dry, with wood chip like things at the bottom and rocks.

Picture taken at McDowell Nature Preserve around 3:30pm.

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Emydidae
Genus: Terrapene
Species: T. carolina

Fowler’s Toad

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This toad was hiding behind a plant partly covered by shade but mostly in light. I think it was trying to heat it self up! It’s tank consisted of wood chip like things, rocks and leafy plants. Picture taken at McDowell Nature Preserve around 3:30pm.

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Testudines
Family: Anura
Genus: Bufo
Species: B. fowleri

Eastern King Snake

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This snake was coiled up in its cage when I took this pic at McDowell Nature Preserve in around 3:30pm. Not much activity. It was interesting to see the different kinds of snakes that belong to this area. Tank was filled with dead logs, leaves, and dried wood-chip like things that covered the bottom.

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Lampropeltis
Species: L. getula

Just Chilling…

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Boy oh boy, turtles sure love just sitting there. This Eastern Mud Turtle also wasn’t moving. I actually thought it might have been fake until it blinked! haha. Its tank was dry, filled with larger rocks (it’s sitting on one) and woodchip like things that covered the bottom. Picture taken at McDowell Nature Preserve around 3:30pm.

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Kinosternidae
Genus: Kinosternon
Species: K. subrubum

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