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Smooth Softshell Turtle

The smooth softshell turtle is a sexually dimorphic species. The North American turtle is a carnivore, but sometimes feeds on vegetables and moss.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Family Trionychidae
    Genus Apalone
    Scientific Name Apalone mutica


    Size Males: 4.5-7 in (11.4-17.8 cm)

    Females: 6.5-14 in (16.5-35.6 cm)

    Color Brown body
    Distribution Mississippi, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Alabama, and Colorado
    Habitat River drainage
    Subspecies ·         Apalone mutica calvata

    ·         Apalone mutica mutica

    Diet Crayfish, amphibians, and aquatic insects
    Predators Alligators, raccoons, and snapping turtles
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous
    Breeding Time April-June
    Clutch Size 3-28 eggs
    Incubation Period 8-12 weeks
    Reproductive Age Males: 4 years

    Females: 9 years

    Average Lifespan Around 20 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on February 4th 2019 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 30th January 2019.

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