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A seriously ugly looking Soft-shelled Turtle catching some rays.

I often help turtles across Flavor Pict Road when I am out walking.

Mostly I come across Red-bellied and Chicken turtles which are easy to pick up because they pull in their head and legs.

Then one day I came across a Soft-shelled turtle. Unlike other turtles I have helped, this turtle proceeded to try to scratch my hands with both its front and rear feet and bite me, all at the same time.

Fortunately a man with gloves stopped to give the turtle a hand - or not.

2010 by Peter Schulz