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Smooth Soft-shell Turtle

Smooth Soft-Shell Turtle from the Ninnescah River at Byron Walker Wildlife Area

Apalone mutica

Family: Tryonichidae

Cool Fact: It is believed that Soft-Shelled turtles breathe anally and pharyngeally as well as through their lungs. They utilize direct oxygen transfer through highly vascular papillae in the throat and anus.

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