September 1, 2018: Macrochelys temminckii

A SLAC-ker and some of her mentors had an amazing adventure Labor Day weekend! Here’s a note from mentor Viviana Ricardez about what happened:

Ki and her first Macrochelys temminckii – Alligator snapping turtle (protected species). This is only the 3rd one ever found and documented in Tarrant County by Carl, Andrew and myself, which is a big discovery for us in the turtle world.

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The kiddo came prepared for an adventure.
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She successfully navigated a steep grade.
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And she deftly moved over the rocky terrain.
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She scoured the site for any sign of turtles.
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Fortunately, the group found this fella. Look at that smile! 😉
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Don’t forget, this SLAC-ker has had training from professionals about how to handle this type of turtle (meaning, don’t try this yourself).

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She received another lesson in setting up a photo shoot for a wild animal. First lesson here. Another lesson here.
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Here are the SLAC-ker’s pictures from this photo shoot (and some other turtles the team found that day).
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