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Snood: the flap of skin that hangs over the turkey's beak. Turns bright red during courtship or when the turkey is upset.

Wattle: the flap of skin under the turkey's chin. Turns bright red during courtship or when the turkey is upset.

When we think of a male turkey, we think of its long-hanging snood. What some do not know is the wattle and the snood both retract and are not always long.


At times the snood is all shriveled up to a point.


As the turkey blows blood to his head his snood begins to grow.


When a male turkey fluffs up he is trying to attract a mate or show how beautiful he is. The snood is most likely used to attract a female because it looks like a long worm when fully grown.



It only takes seconds for the snood to grow from an inch to almost a foot long.









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