Ric McArthur

Ric McArthur

Posted on 07/01/2013


Photo taken on June 26, 2013


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Apalone spinifera
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Egg laying

Egg laying
While out on our pontoon boat we came across this female soft shelled turtle on the beach.
It was getting ready to lay eggs but it stopped and watched us.

As we drifted nearby two turtle researchers came over a sand dune and the turtle spooked.
It moved very quickly across the sand and into the water.
Soft shells move surprisingly fast when the need arises.

The researchers looked for a nesting site but were unable to find one.

Soft shells, like most turtles, are at various levels of risk due to habitat loss and poachers.

Apalone spinifera

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Ric McArthur
Ric McArthur
Thanks for the comments.
Jodi you wouldn't see this species where you live.
5 years ago.
Cobalt
Cobalt
Great find
We have a few here, they aren't native but grow quite large
5 years ago.