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Softshell Turtle Eastern Spiny basic information

Although female Eastern Spiny Soft Shell Turtles can grow to lengths of about 17 inches, many times males are only about 8t inches long. The carapace is leathery rather than bony, and the edges are flexible. The carapaces of males have a rough, sand paper feel, although females' shells tend to be smoother. Many have a few prominent spines, or cone shaped projections, growing from the fronts of their carapaces. Eastern Spiny Soft Shell Turtles have ridged nostrils, and their noses taper at the front into a pointed shape. Males have long tails, but females' tails are so short that they may be hardly visible. Both male and female Eastern Spiny Soft Shell Turtles have webbed feet and relatively small plastrons, which are whitish in color. There are two lines running down the sides of their heads to the eye and to the snout. Usually, Eastern Spiny Soft Shell Turtles have feet and necks that are marked with yellow and black patterns. Males have olive green to yellow shells that are covered in darker large circles. Females are a bit duller in color than are males, usually tan or olive, and the dark circles on their shells are larger and less well defined than those of males. Amazingly, Eastern Spiny Soft Shell Turtles have gas permeable skins and can actually "breathe" underwater for long periods of time because of the gas exchange that can occur between the water and their bodies.

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