September 05, 2020
In 2014, FWC helped describe a new species, the Suwannee alligator snapping turtle, Macrochelys suwanniensis. Biologists were out checking net traps last month in the New River, north of Gainesville, when they discovered a 100 lb male, a 46 lb female, and another male that was 64 lbs. The New River is a blackwater stream with low biological productivity, so finding a large turtle in such a small stream is unusual. FWC is collaborating with other researchers in Florida and Georgia to document the distribution and relative abundance of this state threatened species.