Calendar Animals and Deities by David H. Kelley

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5I EJ ~~~PPING TURTLE Ca rapace sm all , olive o r brown and often covered with algae . Ttiis turtle has a large head , covered with skin , not sca les, and powerful jaws with which it can inflict a se rious bite. II has a long tail with sa w-like tee th on the upper side . , also feeds on plants. Eggs laid in hole in summer, some distance from the water. L arge numbers are caught each year for human consump lio n . I Lives b uried in mud with only eyes ex posed , at th e bottom of any freshwater bod y of water , usually where there is abundant vegetation.

53 Carapace Oat , olive-gray or brown with dark rings on young individuals fading with age, soft and leathery and without scutes. There are spi nes on the front of the ca rapace . Females much larger than males. Bites and scratches with sharp claws. Lies in wait, partly buried in mud for prey, like crayfish, mollusks, frogs and worms, or basks on sandbanks or Ooating debris. Female lays eggs in deep hole on land near water in summer. Can move fast over land and swim fast in water. Lives in shallow water in ponds, lakes or rivers.

From Texas west to Calif. Southern Toad (4) A small toad , gray, brown or reddish in color with conspic uous cranial crests forming knobs in middk of head . Areas with loose sandy soil, in the coastal plain of southeastern USA from N . Carolina to Mississippi . 5I EJ ~~~PPING TURTLE Ca rapace sm all , olive o r brown and often covered with algae . Ttiis turtle has a large head , covered with skin , not sca les, and powerful jaws with which it can inflict a se rious bite. II has a long tail with sa w-like tee th on the upper side .

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