Midland Smooth Softshell Turtle
Scientific Name: Apalone m. mutica
Size: 6 - 13.4 inches (15 - 34 cm)
Status: Expedited (Only two records ever recorded)
PAHERP Resource: Have you seen me? Midland Smooth Softshell Turtle
The upper shell is grayish olive to brown carapace with a flattened appearance. Females tend to have a darker shell and can be twice the size of the male. A cream colored line bordered with black runs down the side of the face starting behind the eye. The underside is white to cream in color.
- The carapace background color is tan to olive-brown to brown and patterned dark dots and short streaks or dashes.
- The carapace may have a light marginal band that is bordered on the inside by a thin dark line.
- The plaston immaculate white to greyish white.
- The dorsal surface of the appendages are greenish orange to olive-green, with the venter ranging from white to grey.
- A white line that is bordered by a thin black line extends from behind the eye to the neck region.
- Large sized aquatic species.
- Profile View – The carapace is extremely low.
- Above View – The carapace is round to oblong in outline.
- The plastron is slightly reduced and is smooth, and leathery.
- The carapace is leathery and smooth.
- The feet are strongly webbed.
- The neck is very long.
- The head is long, narrow and terminates in to a sharp pointed snout.
- The nostrils are round in outline, and the septum separating them is smooth and lacks ridges.
May be Confused With:
- Spiny Softshell (More Common and Abundant)
- Hulse, C. and McCoy C. J. and Ellen Censky ,1998. Amphibians and Reptiles of Pennsylvania and the Northeast. 238-241pp.
- Tom Diez
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