Monday, June 22, 2009

Softshell turtles

These softshell turtles (Apalone spinifera) are basking in the sun at White River at Indianapolis. This is a log jam on the upstream side of the old Washington St. bridge at White River State Park. Often there are dozens of turtles here, softshell and otherwise. Pictures taken June 21, 2009.

Link to Apalone spinifera:

Link to Apalone spinifera:

The full scientific name of the spiny softshell turtle is Apalone spinifera Lesueur. Charles Alexandre Lesueur, who named this turtle, came to Indiana on the Boatload of Knowledge.

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