American Water Turkey


American Water Turkey
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They are also called water snakes because when swimming they resemble a snake. The turkey and the Anhinga do not have oil glands with which to lubricate their feathers the way other waterfowl do, so they have to dry their wings after diving, else they can't fly or flying is very difficult. That is why you see them perched on rocks or in trees, spreading their wings to dry.