Flattened Musk Turtle, Sternotherus depressus Found

Herp Hero

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Yesterday at 2:26 PM (9/10/2018) I discovered a baby Flattened Musk Turtle, (Sternotherus depressus) in an undisclosed location in Bankhead National Forest, AL. The way I found it is because it was in between a branch and a rock underwater, and I looked closer and seen it was a turtle. Flattened Musk Turtles are a critically endangered turtle that inhabits a small range in the Black Warrior System of Alabama. Photo took with a IPhone SE. FlattenedMuskTurtle.png
 

Herp Hero

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Jasper, AL
Wow...nice find. They REALLY blend in so well with their surroundings.
Yes, they do when I put it back it swam right behind a log and I would walk right past it, no telling how many I have walked by while looking for them.
 
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