About this Species 

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Name:Spiney Softshell Turtle
Scientific Name: Apolone spinifera
Description:This large, aquatic turtle can reach 14 inches long. Females are much larger than males. The name comes from the soft, leathery shell that feels like sandpaper and is yellowish brown or olive-gray. Its head is long and slender with a very pointed beak.
Habit:Spiny softshell turtles like all kinds of water, from swift streams to boggy ponds. They bask in the sun occasionally, but spend most of their time burrowed into a river or lake bottom in shallow water, with their heads sticking up. They eat crayfish, mollusks, dead animals and plants.
State Occurrence: Statewide.