Todays actions bring the majority of the worlds softshell turtles
under the umbrella of CITES, and were proud to work with a coalition of countries committed to reversing the trend of over-exploitation that has depleted wild turtle populations.
The other two species of turtles, the midland smooth softshell turtle
Apalone mutica and the Ouachita map turtle Graptemys ouachitensis, are species of large rivers (Ernst et al.
Every year, illegally collected adults of both the endangered spotted turtle and the threatened spiny softshell turtle
are seized by conservation officers, often thanks to tips from the public.
species are also being exported to Asian markets, including Common snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina), Alligator snapping turtles (Macrochelys temminckii), softshell turtles
4 mm in its greatest length, has a sculpturing pattern that is typical in many genera of the subfamily Trionychinae of the softshell turtle
1987, Miller 1993; but see Janzen 1993a) and smooth softshell turtles
Turtle meat: Softshell turtles
with their flat, leathery carapaces have been described as "animated pancakes" for their ability to move or swim with astonishing speed and agility--a good idea since they are a favorite food of alligators.
In 1930, the "turtles" category was split into loggerhead, green, hawksbill, snapping, and softshell turtle
If the African and Middle Eastern softshell turtle
proposal is adopted at CoP17, the majority of the worlds softshell turtles
will have CITES protection, a critical step in regulating the unsustainable trade in the species.
The Great Lakes have a moderating influence on the climate, allowing birds to overwinter and warm-water species, including the spotted gar and spiny softshell turtle
, to survive this far north.
The record for the pallid softshell turtle
(Apalone spinifera pallida) and the discovery of the green tree frog populations could be due to human intervention (Phillips et al.