Like other softshells, the Florida softshell turtle (Apalone ferox)
is a large, flat turtle with skin covering its shell (resembling a
pancake). It is the bulkiest of the softshell turtles but inhabits
the smallest range. It varies in size with males measuring from 6-12
inches (15-30 cm) and females measuring double that at 11-24 inches
(28-61 cm). Adults are usually colored by a dark brown to
brownish-gray with dark spots. Also there are usually small dark
bumps on the carapace. In juveniles these dark bumps on the carapace
are much more easily seen, as they are usually lighter in color than
the adults. The carapace of the Florida softshell is covered with
longitudinal rows of tubercles that resemble ridges in younger
turtles but are less evident in larger turtles. In adult turtles the
plastron of the shell usually extends farther than the carapace.
Picture by John S. Quarterman for Okra Paradise Farms, Lowndes County, Georgia, 14 September 2012.
I like snakes: they eat rodents, and I’m allergic to rodents.
But the dogs don’t like snakes that trespass on their area near the house.
They left this one in the middle of the walkway from the house to the carport.
You see it in the truck on the way to somewhere else.