Spiny Softshell Turtle

Apalone spinifera

Summary 2

The spiny softshell turtle (Apalone spinifera) is a species of softshell turtle, one of the largest freshwater turtle species in North America. Both the common name, spiny softshell, and the specific name, spinifera (spine-bearing), refer to the spiny, cone-like projections on the leading edge of the carapace, which are not scutes (scales).

Where to Find at Duck Creek 3

Within the creek or ponds and out sunning on the banks.

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  1. (c) techguy_does_naturephotography, all rights reserved, uploaded by Kyle Chavez, https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/79337272
  2. Adapted by Kyle Chavez from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apalone_spinifera
  3. (c) Kyle Chavez, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)

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