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Asiatic Soft Shelled Turtle

Pelodiscus sinensis

Description:

The Asiatic Soft Shelled Turtle, also known as Chinese Softshell Turtle, can reach a carapace length of 1 foot (30.3 cm). It has webbed feet for swimming. They are called "softshell" because their carapace lacks horny scutes (scales). The carapace is leathery and pliable, particularly at the sides. The central part of the carapace has a layer of solid bone beneath it, as in other turtles, but this is absent at the outer edges. The light and flexible shell of these turtles allows them to move more easily in open water, or in muddy lake bottoms

Habitat:

spotted at the riverbanks of Marikina River, Marikina City

Notes:

an introduced species

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Noel Buensuceso
Spotted by
Noel Buensuceso

Marikina, Metro Manila, Philippines

Spotted on Oct 18, 2012
Submitted on Oct 18, 2012

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