Eastern Spiny SoftShell Turtle

Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle

Trionyx spiniferus

  • Geographical Region: They are found in West Virginia, west of the mountains.
  • Size: Females are larger than males. Females can reach up to 18 inches in length, as males are half that.
  • Habitat: They hang out in most types of fresh water like rivers and lakes. They prefer sandy or muddy bottoms.
  • Food: They eat anything they can catch; fish, small crabs, crayfish, careless birds, snails, and frogs.
  • Interesting Fact: They have the ability to absorb oxygen from water through the vessels in the lining of their throat and other parts of their body. This enables them to stay under water for hours at a time.