Yellow-Crowned Night Herons visit Barksdale

A Spiny Softshell Turtle (Apalone spinifera) suns itself on the bank of the run-off creek near the 307th Bomb Wing Headquarters building at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 3, 2013. This species of softshell turtle is one of the largest fresh water turtle species in America. They are named because of the spine like protrusions on the forward edge of their carapaces, which are not scales. Unlike other turtles, the sex of the spiny softshell turtle is not determined by variations in temperature, but by genetics. A large number of species of animals, birds and reptiles make their homes here. Barksdale Airmen take pride in maintaining a base that is animal friendly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston/Released)

PHOTO BY: Master Sgt. Jeff WalstonReleased
VIRIN: 130603-F-KL377-601.JPG
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