Spiny turtles are the largest freshwater turtles in the United States. They get their name because of their unique carapace and small spines all over their edges. Also, the shell is not hard but rubbery and soft. Their feet are fully webbed, which helps the spiny softshell turtle swim since it spends most of its life in the water.
The Spiny turtle’s lifespan is about an average of 50 years. Once adults, they are less threatened by predators, but juvenile turtles often fall prey to predators. Also, the demand for these turtles as pets and food is one of the biggest threats to their ongoing existence in the wild.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No