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Midland Smooth Softshell Turtle

Apalone mutica


A plain looking member of the softshell group of turtles. The front part of the carapace lacks the bumps or spines of the Spiny Softshell Turtle. This turtle is most likely a female, with a carapace length of approximately 12 inches.


Softshell turtles are usually found in the parts of streams and rivers with sandy bottoms.

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Springfield, Missouri, USA

Spotted on May 16, 2007
Submitted on May 1, 2012

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