Today I want to write about an amazing looking animal, the frog-faced softshell turtle.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- Also known as Cantor’s giant softshell turtle, these guys grow up to 2 metres long, making them the largest softshell turtles in the world.
- They hide under the ground in the rivers where they live, with only their snout above ground. They attack very quickly, catching passing fish and crustaceans.
- They can hold their breath for a very long time, only coming to the surface twice a day to take a breath.
- At breeding time, the females lay 20-28 eggs in muddy riverbanks.
- Frog-faced softshell turtles can be found in slow-moving rivers and streams throughout southeast Asia, from India to southern China. However they are hunted throughout their range for their meat and are now considered endangered.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about frog-faced softshell turtles?