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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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”)


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


Today I saved a rather large softshell turtle from a busy road near my house. Before I saw the turtle I noticed there was a woman in a Prius stopped near it pacing back and forth (I guess she wanted to help it but wasn’t quite sure how.) When I picked up the turtle she clapped and smiled at me (that made me super happy that she cared about the little turtle) The softshell was in pretty good shape but had an old injury in it’s nose that looked well healed. I gave it a bath to make sure there was no blood coming out of anywhere. Here are some tips for rescuing turtles. 

1. Always put your hazards on before you stop or pull over. This lets other drivers know to be aware and helps you avoid a collision. 

2. Try to avoid picking up turtles by the tail because that can hurt them. Grab them instead behind the shell above the feet (This is tricky but doable  with a softy) 

3. if the animal is struggling or trying to bite you wrap it on a towel or blanket but make sure the animal can breathe. (Softshells and snappers have really long necks so use caution because their beaks are very powerful.)

4. Inspect the animal for injuries and if the animal is not injured release it in a substantial body of water that is as close to the capture site as possible. If the animal is injured contact your local wildlife rescue.


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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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.


Yesterday I went to Clark County Wetlands Park, which I heard was a good place to find softshell turtles. I brought my new telephoto lens along for practice. 

Softshell turtles are not indigenous to the Las Vegas area, but I still have a soft spot for them (haha). The Texas Spiny Softshell (Apalone spinifera emoryi) is believed to have been introduced into the Gila River in AZ around 1900, and has since expanded its range. 

These are strange looking creatures. They have long necks and long, pig-like snouts. They often stick the tip of their nose out of the water to breath, while the rest of their body remains mostly obscured below water.The Las Vegas Wash seems to have attracted a peculiar diversity of alien species. According to the Las Vegas Wash Coordination Committee, results of 2002-2003 fish surveys are as follows: 

“A total of 7 species were observed in the Wash, none of which are native to Nevada; they are the green sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus), mosquitofish (Gambusia afinnis), common carp (Cyprinus carpio), black bullhead (Ameiurus melas), red shiner (Cyprinella lutrensis), fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas) and the aquarium fish, suckermouth catfish (Family Laricariidae: Hypostomus plecostomus). Non-fish species were also found during survey efforts; they include the red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii), spiny softshell turtle (Trionyx spiniferus), bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana), red eared slider (Trachemys scripta).“

There’s a strange new nature brewing in Las Vegas… would be interesting to learn how all of these introduced species interact with one another, and the environment.


©Zachary A. Cava

*Originally posted on the Field Herp Forum: Softshell Turtles in Las Vegas


Indian narrow-headed softshell turtle

 (Chitra indica) 

also known as the Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle. is a softshell turtle of the family Trionychidae. it is found in major rivers in Pakistan and India. not alot of information is currently known about them. other that they are fairly large and probably act/eat similar to their African/Asian counterparts. according to the IUCN red list they are currently endangered. and are really derpy looking.



Florida Softshell Turtle (Apalone ferox)  

The softshell turtle’s shell feels more like rubber than like scutes. While its shell off less protection than the shells over turtles have the softshell turtle is a fast swimmer and is more mobile on land.    

Shark Valley  

Everglades National Park, FL