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Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle

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Madalyn McDonald

on 8 January 2014

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Transcript of Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle

Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle
The Giant Turtle's
natural predator
is mostly
humans
. They are going extinct because of
habitat loss
due to human development.
The turtles in captivity are
over 100 years old
. This is one of the reasons why breeding and saving the species is difficult.
Known locally as the speckled
softshell turtle
, the Yangtze Giant Softshell is the
largest freshwater turtle
in the world. It is also the
most endangered turtle
in the world, being that there are only
4
left; two in lakes and two in the Suzhou Zoo in
China
The difference between a
softshell turtle
and a
hardshell turtle
is obvious; softshell turtles' shells are not hard. Their shells are made up of
soft tissue
, and they feel like our ears. This is the
biggest reason
that softshell turtles are
endangered
.

The
Yangtze Giant Softshell turtle
has a deep head and its nose resembles a pig. They weigh anywhere from
100-225 lbs
and can grow over
3 feet
in length. When it extends it neck to get food, their neck is about
half
of their body length.
Their diet consists of
fish
, crabs, snails,
frogs
, and some leaves and
water hyacinth.
They lay
60-100
eggs at a time. The two turtles in
China
have been
bred 6 times
, but none were successful.
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