Spiny Softshell Turtle

Spiny Softshell Turtle

Spiny Softshell Turtle
Apalone spinifera


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Testudines
FAMILY
Trionychidae

Range

Southern Canada, eastern and central United States, northern Mexico


Habitat

Rivers, streams, lakes, marshes


Diet

Frogs, tadpoles, fish, worms, aquatic insects, mollusks, and crawfish

Carapace

Up to 21.25 in.

IUCN Status

Not Listed

Facts

  • Unlike other turtles, this species lacks horny scutes. Instead, they are covered with a tough, pliable, leathery skin.
  • They are strong swimmers with large webbed feet and are extremely fast both on land and in water.
  • If disturbed, they will quickly retreat into the water and bury themselves in sand, leaving only their heads visible.
  • This turtle can absorb oxygen through its skin and through the lining of the throat and cloaca, allowing it to hibernate underwater for up to 6 months.

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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