Spiny Softshell Turtle
Southern Canada, eastern and central United States, northern Mexico
Rivers, streams, lakes, marshes
Frogs, tadpoles, fish, worms, aquatic insects, mollusks, and crawfish
Up to 21.25 in.
- 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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