Spiny Softshell Turtle

Spiny Softshell Turtle:

Scientific Name : Apalone Spinifera
Family : Trionychidae
Length: up to 46 cm
Distribution: North America

Spiny Softshell Turtle

Spiny Softshell Turtle

  • This species of soft shell turtle is famously known as one of the largest  fresh water turtle species in North America

  • Its name refers to their spiny cone-like projection on the leaading edge of the carapace (the upper part of the shell)

  • Its most distinguishable feature us its leathery , moderately flexible carapace -where scientists believes that it is due to loss of keratinizid scutes and some bony tissues loss

  • Spiny Softshell Turtles also have webbed feet a fleshy, elongated nose .

  • These softshell turtle are primarily a riverine species and feed on a variety of food items including insects, caryfish, smaller fish, algal stocks and other plant material

  • Spiny Softshell Turtle prefer waters with sandy bottoms as well as clean sandy banks because these sandy environments are important for nesting sites , proper juvenile growth and development as well as for camouflage

  • Being the benthic feeders , "Spiny Softshell Turtle" are observed to actively hunt prey or bury themselves in the sand wait to ambush prey..

  • A large female SpinyShell Turtle may live up to 50 years..

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