Notwithstanding that its a weird friendship, Alligators and turtles do get along. While the alligator and turtle may not truly be friends, for a little while anyway they co-exist. Both sharing the remains of a capsized boat and not fearful or mindful of the other. Alligators will eat turtles but they are not a preferred menu item.. As long as there is a reliable food source the gator will wait for its food to come to it and the turtle remains safe.
There is also a phenomenon in nature where one organism will use the other for transportation. So it is a common sight to see turtles riding on the backs of alligators.
Photo was snapped while kayaking on the Silver River in the Silver Springs State Park in Ocala Florida.
January 18th, 2021
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