Turtle in my backyard, MG_2091

I get all types of visitors in my backyard.  This time, that big Yello-bellied turtle also name slider was trying to go under the fence and I caught it and placed it upward against the sprinkler guard protector to take the shot before releasing it to the backyard lake.  They are basically harmless unless provoked.

The yellow-bellied slider is a land and water turtle belonging to the family Emydidae. This subspecies of pond slider is native to the southeastern United States, specifically from Florida to southeastern Virginia,  and is the most common turtle species in its range.  It is found in a wide variety of habitats, including slow-moving rivers, floodplain swamps, marshes, seasonal wetlands, and permanent ponds.   Yellow-bellied sliders are popular as pets.

Turtle in my Backyard, MG_2091

Gator leaving flock MG_6963

Time to go back to the pond.  Too much noise.  Alligators move on land by two forms of locomotion referred to as “sprawl” and “high walk”.  The sprawl is a forward movement with the belly making contact with the ground and is used to transition to “high walk” or to slither over wet substrate into water. The high walk is an up on four limbs forward motion used for overland travel with the belly well up from the ground

Gator leaving Flock MG_6963

South Florida is the only known place where both crocodiles and alligators live together.  Crocs are usually spotted at the very end of the Park.

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Flock of Gators MG_6951

One interesting spot in the Everglades National Park is the Anhinga Trail, where one finds a large pond that is home to various reptiles (snakes, fish, gators etc).  Also a variety of birds large and small are spotted in that area.  It’s a favorite place for tourists who never had that experience of a close up look of alligators in such quantity and sizes.

Flock of Gators MG_6946

 

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