Smooth Softshell (Apalone muticus)
Key identification points and similar species:
Very similar to Spiny Softshell, but Spiny Softshell has dark markings on feet.
Description: Smooth, leathery shell, with no spines or bumps on carapace. No spotting on feet. Juveniles have streaking on carapace.
Habitat: Large rivers.
Size: Females 18-35 cm (7-14 in); males 12.5-18 cm (5-7 in)
Diet: Insects, fish and amphibians.
Natural History: Also known as “Pancake turtle”