Saturday, May 16, 2015

Chinese Softshell Turtle

Listed as Vulnerable



Natives of Asia, these turtles are a threatened species sometimes, sold as pets.

This one was found at an irrigation ditch in Kin Town, Okinawa, Japan.

turtle in water

GPS Coordinates: N 26 26.621  E 127 56.098

Outdoors, water, turtle, wildlife

Equipped with a 300mm lens a few quick, close-up shots were taken.

This amphibian was shy and didn't want to stay when it heard the camera clicking.

close-up, turtle's head

Confirmation on the identification came from Shawn Miller, a good nature dude, I know.

The scientific name for this subject is Pelodiscus sinensis.

In Japan,  Suppon ( スッポン ) would be the name.

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