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Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle

Apalone spinifera spinifera

Subspecies of Spiny Softshell Turtle

First Noted by Expedition
July 29, 1806, at the confluence of the Tongue and Yellowstone Rivers at present-day Miles City, Custer County, Montana.

Shell covered with soft leathery skin, not horny scutes. Large carapace with black-bordered eye spots and one dark rim line. Length: males 5-9.3 in (12.7-23.5 cm); females 6.5-18 in (16.5-45.7 cm).

Small marshy creeks and farm ponds as well as large, fast-flowing rivers and lakes.

Western New York to Wisconsin, south to Tennessee River, with separate population in Lake Champlain and lower part of Ottawa River in Canada; introduced into southern New Jersey.

Difficult to approach and fast-moving on land and in water. It is fond of basking on banks, logs, and floating debris. Carnivorous.

Species information from enature.com

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