September 14, 2014

Who said turtles arne't fast.

This soft-shelled turtle was placid one moment and an instant later it was lunging at the camera.
Camera shy I guess.

Apalone spinifera

The spiny softshell is Ontario’s only turtle with a flexible, leathery carapace (upper shell) and the only species in the province that can attain a size comparable to that of the snapping turtle.
The carapace of females of this large turtle may reach 43 centimetres in length, and that of males may reach a length of about 23 centimetres.

source - Ontario Nature

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