October 26, 2014

A turtle i the hand...




is a fine thing to see.
This is a hatchling eastern softshelled turtle.
They are part of the turtle recovery program at Rondeau Provincial Park.

Apalone spinifera

Unlike the hard shell of most other turtles, the shell of the spiny softshell turtle is soft and leathery, with a sandpaper-like surface.
The spiny softshell turtle spends most of its life in water, often lying buried in the sandy or muddy bottom with only its head and neck protruding.

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