Turtle or Tortoise?

Started May 8, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Fishook in mouth?
In reply to gail, Jun 23, 2012

That is one ugly beast (and I'm a biologist!).

Nobody else has commented that it looks as though it has a fish hook in its mouth. At the edge of its mouth there is what looks like an eye in the end of the hook for attaching a line, and between there and just under its eye there are two places where it looks as though something is sticking out through its skin. There's also several spherical objects on its back which might be some kind of parasite?

I think others might be right in saying that it's nesting season. Turtles often nest considerable distances from water, but usually do so at night. Maybe it's behaving abnormally because it is sick or injured?

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