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Spiny Softshell Turtles (Apalone spinifera) basking

Posted by on May 27, 2014

Spiny Softshell Turtles (Apalone spinifera) basking

Quickly checked on the Spiny Softshell Turtles (Apalone spinifera) earlier and saw six enjoying the hot sunny day.

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Spiny Softshell Turtles in Downtown Jamestown

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013

Spiny Softshell Turtles in Downtown Jamestown

Spiny Softshell Turtles are big, strange-looking animals. They are probably unlike any turtle you have seen before. They’re also quite rare in New York and are considered a species of Special Concern. It is quite amazing that it is possible to find a dozen adult females basking in downtown Jamestown in a matter of minutes, until you realize why they are so concentrated here: they are all centered on the last remnant of marginally suitable habitat for them to lay their eggs in. Nesting here is extremely difficult as years of gravel and other debris has been packed down and is quite...

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