Apalone spinifera spinifera
The upper shell of a spiny softshell turtle tends towards brown or olive-green. The lower shell is very light to white. Males have darker spots while females are blotched. Females are twice as large at 19 in length. The shell is roughly round and leathery with a leading edge having points called tubercles.
I found this turtle next to a weedy wetland, but there was another larger wetland nearby that was much more open.
I found this softshell on a gravel road. When I first happened upon it I couldn't figure out what it was. It was literally galloping down the road in front of my car. I don't think I've ever seen a turtle do that before. At first all I could see was a shape and I thought it was a badger, because of its rapidity and flattened profile. This was a very large female. While I've seen softshells before I've never been able to photograph one.