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Spiny Softshell Turtle Male

Posted on Sep 5, 2015

Here we have one of those tiny Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle (Apalone spinifera) males blending in so perfectly as it rests on the side of the Chadakoin River in downtown Jamestown, New York. As Elyse and I observed this individual I snapped off a few photos, but we never noticed something else going on here. Have you? There is a second male facing the camera also basking in the sunshine, looking like some of the jagged shore. He was a cool editing surprise! Our work in monitoring the species will continue through the autumn season with more to come in 2016.

Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle 8-29-15-0164

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator