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Spiny Softshell Turtle
Apalone spinifera
The Spiny Softshell Turtle (Apalone spinifera) is a widespread fresh-water turtle occurring throughout parts of the United States, Canada and Mexico. The species gets its common name from the spiny projections on the front of the carapace. This species was formerly known at Trionyx spiniferus, but the nomenclature was changed in recent years. The first shot shown here was taken in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in April, 2008, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens. This is most likely the subspecies known at Texas Spiny Softshell Turtle (A. s. emoryi)
The Spiny Softshell Turtle on the right was in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in March, 2012.
Spiny Softshell Turtle
Apalone spinifera
formerly Trionyx spiniferus
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
8 May 2013
Spiny Softshell Turtle
Apalone spinifera
formerly Trionyx spiniferus
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
30 May 2013
Spiny Softshell Turtle
Apalone spinifera
formerly Trionyx spiniferus
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
30 May 2013
Spiny Softshell Turtle
Apalone spinifera
formerly Trionyx spiniferus
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
30 May 2013