Eastern Chicken Turtle
The eastern chicken turtle (Deirochelys reticularia reticularia) is a subspecies of the common chicken turtle (Deirochelys reticularia) that is found throughout most of the American Southeast that is often found in wetlands, lakes and marshes. This one was found and photographed in Southwest Florida moving overland from one pond to another in the Fakahatchee Strand - part of the northern Florida Everglades watershed system. An easy identification tool is to look for the thick yellow stripe on the forelimb, and as to its common name - the early settlers who caught and ate them thought they tasted like chicken.
- Rich Leighton
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