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Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle
Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle
© Parks Canada / Lynch, W. /, 2002

This turtle's nickname is "the pancake turtle"-can you guess why? Turtles are known for their hard shells, but this one has a soft one with spiny projections along the front edge. It lives in Ontario and Quebec. Newly hatched spiny softshells are tiny-about the size of a toonie!

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