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South Carolina Turtles

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The ACE Basin - I know nothing about the turtles from this area













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I struggle with telling Cooters and Sliders apart, in your first post, you have a lot of one of those two. Hopefully someone better at turtles will come along and see this.

In your second post, the first one is a softshell, and habitat helps differentiate between Spiny and Florida. This looks like still water, which I think favors Florida.

This site is really helpful: http://srelherp.uga.edu/turtles/index.htm

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Yes, #6 is a soft-shelled turtle. One of two species, but can be difficult to separate at a distance. All other turtles are yellow-bellied sliders, including a few which have turned almost all black. This is age-related melanism which happens in Sliders and some other turtles.

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