African Softshell Turtle (Trionyx triunguis)

The African Softshell Turtle, also known as Nile Softshell turtle, is a large species of turtle from fresh water and brackish habitats in Africa (larger parts of East, West and Middle Africa) and the Near East (Israel, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey). It is the only extant species from the genus Trionyx, but in the past many other softshell turtles were placed in this genus. They have now been moved to various other genera. Despite the name African softshell turtle, it is not the only species or genus of softshell turtle in Africa (the genera Cyclanorbis and Cycloderma are also African).

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Rare appearance:  After a decade, the Bostami turtles stage a comeback in Tripura, India

by Biswendu Bhattacharjee

The Black Softshell Turtles, Nilssonia nigricans, popularly known as Bostami turtles, laid eggs near the holy lake of Tripureswari temple in Udaipur, 55 km from Agartala, in the first week of June this year.

For the first time in a decade, as many as 10 baby turtles were seen toddling on the National Highway 44A during a heavy downpour in the city. About 163 eggs were hatched in over a month on the eastern fringe of the lake.

According to the lake management committee, turtles breed between March and July. Most of them strolled down the lake. Only 35 were shifted to the Sepahijala Zoological Park in Bishalgarh, Tripura, on an experiment basis, says Mihir Kumar Das, a scientist with the Tripura State Pollution Control Board (TSPCB)…

(read more: Down To Earth)


Florida softshell turtle :) 

memp up out tha water… like a superior serpents… (THREASHES THE CAMREAL FIRCELY) now I can steal ALL the bakesgoods form this backery!!!! 9.88/10 BUMPING BRIGANDERIE

(Subpmetted by “Eggpants aka Turtle”)


Frog- Faced Softshell Turtles aka Cantor’s Softshell Turtle- Pelochelys cantorii, Local name (Romich OR Kantheay Kbal Kangkeb) (ឈ្មោះ៖ រមិច ឫ កន្ឋាយក្បាលកង្កែប)

The Mekong Turtle Conservation Center was opened by Conservation International to increase the wild population of the Endangered Cantor’s Softshell Turtle (Pelochelys cantorii) in the nearby Mekong River, through headstarting turtle hatchlings from the community-led turtle nest program.

The facility has over forty indoor tanks containing juvenile turtles, which are kept for a 10 month period before releasing into their natural habitat, the Mekong River. This headstarting process increases hatchling survival rates…

(read more: MTCC on Facebook)


I rescued a bunch of baby softshells that were wandering around in our front yard far away from water. We rescued all but one of them! (which had been dead already) This little fella was the first one, and he kept craning his little neck up to look around while I carried him to the lake. Very well behaved, though. Didn’t bite me once!

nootins begone or the handese of ya will be CRUSH betwax my MIGHTFULL JAWNS!!!!! 9.744/10 Long Jaw Shilver hush UP ya gotta CHILL And cool out just get in the ponds


Euphrates Softshell Turtle (Rafetus euphraticus)

is a species of softshell turtle found on the basin of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Iraq, Iran, Turkey and surrounding countries. Despite this turtles appearance it is actually quite nimble in the water and can run fairly fast on land. They are predators and feed on Invertebrates and small fish/frogs. Pollution, hunting and habitat destruction in the two major rivers had caused the species to become endangered.



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Extinction Countdown:

100-Year-Old Turtle, the Last of Her Kind, Could Soon Be a Mom

by John R. Platt

I have written about a lot of causes of extinction over the years. Climate change. Disease. Overhunting. Pollution. The list goes on and on. Well here’s a new one that could end up on the list: a mangled penis.

Now, normally a single set of damaged sexual organs wouldn’t make that much of a difference in the grand scheme of things. But nothing about the Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) is normal. Only a single mated couple of this species remains anywhere in the world.

The two massive turtles, each estimated at more than a century old, have lived together in captivity at China’s Suzhou Zoo since 2008. (Two other Yangtze turtles, both male, live in Vietnam.) Although they have engaged in mating behavior several times over the years, the female has never laid fertile eggs.

No one knows how long these two turtles will live, but time is obviously of the essence. And so, with the clock ticking, scientists set out to see why fertilization has not yet occurred. That meant finding out if the male turtle still had viable sperm…

(read more: Scientific American)

photograph by Gerald Kuchling, Wildlife Conservation Society

The indian narrow-headed softshell Turtle, Chitra indica (1831)

Phylum : Chordata
Class : Reptilia
Order : Testudines
Suborder : Cryptodira
Family : Trionychidae
Genus : Chitra
Species : C. indica

  • Endangered
  • 110 cm and 80 kg (size)
  • Southeastern Asia (map)

The carapace is dark gray to olive with dark gray or yellowish, irregular to wavy, dark-bordered blotches. Juveniles may have four ocelli on the carapace or numerous black elongated spots. No vertebral keel or surface tubercles are present in adults, but do occur in juveniles. The carapacial pattern continues onto the neck and outer surfaces of the forelimbs. The plastron is cream-colored. Five or more yellow stripes are present on the dorsal and lateral surfaces of the neck; two stripes converge on the back of the head to form a medial stripe on the dorsal surface of the head.

hedviik submitted to thewhimsyturtle:

Baby African Softshell turtle- Trionyx triunguis

Ooo, a baby softshell! Mommy has always wanted to meet one! (We have only ever met adult softshells.) We hear softshells give very painful bites, but we would forgive this adorable face in an instant!

Thank you for sharing, friend hedviik! Is this little one your shell? We’d love to hear more!

softshell-turtle  asked:

i think it's important to acknowledge that when we attempt to assign modern sexualities to historical figures, nothing is going to fit perfectly. that doesnt mean it's not a thing we should do; just that we're never going to get a clear answer, queer sexualities existed in revolutionary america, but the categories and situations are way different. also, it's something we do /for ourselves/. we care about whether ppl were whatever sexuality bc we feel personal connections. we can't actually know.

I understand what you’re saying, and I mostly agree.  However, I don’t think we need to always be that wary about giving certain labels to historical figures.  Historians don’t care if we label historical figures as heterosexual, but when we try to label them as something non-heterosexual, that’s when all the “Well, they didn’t have that word back then, and we can’t really know what they were” arguments come out.  I know that’s not exactly what you’re saying, but I think we know enough about some historical figures (like Hamilton, Steuben, Laurens, and others) to call them bi/gay/etc.