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Gulf Coast spiny softshell turtle

A Gulf Coast spiny softshell turtle
James Harding
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biokids.umich.edu
A Gulf Coast spiny softshell turtle

The Gulf Coast spiny softshell turtle (Apalone spinifera aspera), a subspecies in the Trionychidae family of softshell turtles, is endemic to the south-eastern United States. These turtles are found along the Gulf of Mexico from North Carolina to Mississippi. They live in temperate climates in freshwater biomes.

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