This video footage was shot during the summer of 2008 in Central Texas while working on a field research project involving Texas turtles.
The species featured in this video are the Texas map turtle (Graptemys versa) and the Texas cooter (Pseudemys texana).
This footage was shot in July 2008 while surveying turtle populations in North Texas (Tarrant County). Featured here is an adult female spiny softshell turtle (Apalone spinifera). She ran through the shallow water until she was able to locate what appeared to be an old nutria burrow underneath the bank.
Surveying turtle populations is an interesting occupation that comes with a fair amount of inherent risk. Featured here is an old male common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina). The old male was marked, measured, weighed and released. I'm certain my assistant Erick won't soon forget #44!
Video Highlights featuring Texas Turtles
Occasionally some of the risks involved with surveying turtles in the wild move beyond being bitten by a scared turtle. Although 2-legged animals are the most dangerous there are times when other species warrant caution. Water mocassins and alligators were encountered throughout the 2008 survey season in Tarrant County. The water mocassin featured on this video was found tangled in one of our traps. The hole was caused by a curious alligator that got caught and made an impromptu exit.
The small alligator jumping out of the water is merely a female protecting a nearby nest while the larger one at the end of the video is a 12 foot male that commands nothing less than complete respect.