We spotted this Florida Soft-shelled Turtle beside the road in Big Cypress National Preserve (on the edge of the Everglades).
This is the largest soft-shelled turtle in America. (They can get up to 30 inches long and weigh as much as 40 pounds. This one was about 24 inches. These turtles spend most of their time in the water, coming out only to bask in the sun or to lay eggs.
We watched this one from the car for a while and when it turned around to go back into the swamp, I stepped out of the car to see if I could tell where she was going.
She disappeared but when I looked down I saw a few different reptiles.
There were eight alligators in this "gater-hole." They like to congregate.
A little ways farther on, we saw this Black Vulture doing a happy dance in the middle of the road. His friends had started their picnic without him: