African softshell turtle/ Nile softshell turtle

£ 755.00

Description

This turtle is very young 7 years old, female.

The Trionyx triunguis is commonly known as the Nile softshell turtle or the African softshell turtle. As with all other softshell turtles, the Trionyx triunguis has a fleshy and leathery shell.

These species live in water predominantly. They are strong swimmers and can absorb oxygen from water. This means they rarely resurface to breathe. In addition, they are the only species of the genus Trionyx that isn’t extinct.
According to the IUCN red list, the Trionyx triunguis is vulnerable to extinction. Although the species isn’t yet endangered, their population in the Mediterranean is under serious threat and is considered to be critically engendered.

When properly cared for, these turtles have been known to live over 50 years. In fact, an African softshell turtle at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. lived to be 53 years.

Value: £3975
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