Maggie Koerth-Baker at 6:16 am Thu, Sep 22, 2011
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Poor little guys, is there somewhere we can donate? A shelter we can volunteer at?
Maybe give them some of my recycling so they can be *cardboard* box turtles?
Well that certainly was less gross than I was expecting…
Ummm, I’m pretty sure my parents don’t want me to see that.
Weird. Looks like a cow-pie with legs.
It’s not lacking a shell … the shell is soft.
The important question is: Are they good eating?
I used to have a pet soft shell turtle. Much prettier than that. It had beautiful green, yellow and tan stripes on the legs and neck. I think it was a Spiny soft shell. They’re very cool animals. It did spend a lot of its time burrowed down in the sand in its tank, periodically sticking its head out to the surface to snorkel some air.
Looks like a pancake.
I need a unicorn chaser. :P
He looks… um… uncircumcised.
The article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cantor's_giant_softshell_turtle is short, but contains some priceless stuff:
“P. cantorii is an ambush predator and primarily carnivorous, feeding on crustaceans, mollusks and fish” – I never would have thought of “ambushing” a mollusk, but then it is a turtle…
“It surfaces only twice a day to take a breath”. Whoah. So this thing holds its breath for about twelve hours at a stretch? Dude.
So this thing holds its breath for about twelve hours at a stretch? Dude.
That’s nothing, the Fitzroy River Turtle can breathe through its arse.
I thought that was just an Australian thing.
Mislabeled photo. That was just an iguana that had a run-in with a steamroller.
Yes, yes I do.
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