Definition of softshell in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈsɒftʃɛl
(also softshell turtle)


A freshwater turtle with a flattened leathery shell, native to Asia, Africa, and North America.
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  • Superficially, softshells can be distinguished by their dorsoventral compression, leathery shells, and elongate snout.
  • Other turtles identified were softshell (Apalone sp.) and snapping turtles (Chelydra sp.).
  • Additionally, we question whether it is possible for softshell turtles to reach the Hudson River via the Erie Canal from Oneida Lake in a span of four years.

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