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Spiny Softshell Turtle, Apalone Spinifera, on Barton Creek

Dec 9, 2007 This is a spiny softshell turtle, Apalone Spinifera, found in a remaining pool of water in the now dry creekbed of Barton Creek. Spiny softshelled turtles are almost entirely aquatic coming out rarely to move to a different location or to lay eggs. This is primarily due to the fact that soft shell turtles lack the bony scutes over their shell leaving them open to rapid dessication when out of the water.