Showing posts with label Asian giant softshell turtle.. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Asian giant softshell turtle.. Show all posts

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cantor's giant softshell turtle


Their taxonomic name is (Pelochelys cantorii) and commonly called Cantor's giant softshell turtle or Asian giant softshell turtle. Is a turtle a little "freak" ... as we all know, the characteristic of all turtle is its shell, which is the union of bony plates covered with hard plates together to give strength and rigidity and simultaneously protects the turtle from possible predators.

But the turtle has a soft shell (I think I'm a bit of creeps), it does not serves as a hard shell to the turtle because there are few predators of a turtle that can measure 2 meters long and weigh 50 kg. Perhaps the man is the worst predator.
Also, this softshell turtle is usually under the sand or mud to protect themselves from predators.

But not only that, we know that this turtle is ferocious (considering how ferocious can be a turtle) and has a strong bite. It is an efficient carnivore, and its prey are fish, molluscs, crustaceans and other smaller amphibians. But due to its size and bite, would be able to pluck one finger.

Another peculiarity of this animal is that the experts considered extinct, but were rediscovered in 2007, and since then has been an ambitious recovery program that has been successful. We can not say that is no longer in danger of extinction, but it is recovering.