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Texas Spiny Softshell Turtle
Apalone spinifera emoryi

Hidalgo Co., Texas.  February 22, 1994
 

These are common turtles in the lower Rio Grande in south Texas.  Every year I go herping at the Santa Ana NWR, which borders the river, and every year I can see a number of these turtles, swimming just below the surface near the riverbank in places where the willows hang out over the water.

 

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