Species #44: Suwannee alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys suwanniensis)
Location: Suwannee River Drainage in south-central Georgia
Date: 27 September 2017
Post by George L. Heinrich
After a delay due to six weeks of teaching five consecutive summer nature camps, attending the Turtle Survival Alliance’s annual conference, recovering from a post-conference flu, and surviving two hurricanes, the Florida Turtle Conservation Trust’s yearlong conservation education project, The Big Turtle Year (TBTY), is back on the road. In late September, I joined Dirk Stevenson (Altamaha Environmental Consulting) for three days of fieldwork searching for turtles in south-central Georgia. Dirk is an independent biologist with considerable field experience in the southeastern United States and although we have known each other for years, it was only our first time herping together. Ben Stegenga (The Orianne Society) and Andy Day (independent environmental consultant) also joined us in our effort to further document the turtle diversity of the United States. This trip produced species #44 for TBTY, an adult Suwannee alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys suwanniensis). Please click on the links below for the rest of the story.