Description

Trionyx Turtle Skeleton Replica measures 17.1×16.5 in. (head to-tail). Skeleton Cast Only. The Trionyx Turtle Skeleton Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Head to tail measures 27.2 inches. Carapace measures 17.1 x 16.5. Comes with mount. Our precise skeleton can be used as a teaching tool, museum skeleton exhibit, home decor skeleton, or office decor skeleton.

Trionyx turtle is a genus of softshell turtles belonging to the family Trionychidae. In the past many species in the family were classified in this genus, but today T. triunguis, the African softshell turtle or Nile softshell turtle, is the only extant soft shell still classified as Trionyx. Trionyx is an extremely rare soft-shell turtle.

The original of this specimen was found at 7200 feet elevation in the Green River formation. Located near Kemmerer, Wyoming. Complete articulated specimen such as this one are extremely rare.

Trionyx is a soft shelled aquatic turtle which still lives today and dates back to the Jurassic age. Modern trionychid turtles are found today in North America, Africa and Asia. This specimen is a replica of the original specimen. It shows the ventral or bottom view of the turtle.

The spiny softshell Trionyx turtle scientific name is very descriptive of the animal. Apalone comes from the Greek word apalos, meaning soft or tender, and spinifera is of Latin origin; spina- referring to thorn or spine and -ifer meaning bearing.

This species is a member of the family Trionychidae, and one of the most distinguishing features of members in this family is the presence of a leathery, moderately flexible carapace. This is caused by loss of keratinized scutes and some bony tissue loss.

Spiny softshell turtles have webbed feet, each with three claws. Another distinguishing feature of softshell turtles is the presence of a fleshy, elongated nose.

The carapace (the upper part of the shell) ranges from brown or yellow-brown to olive in color, while the plastron (lower part of the shell) is lighter, usually white or yellow. Hatchlings usually have dark spots on the carapace, but as Trionyx turtle females age, they frequently become darker in color, or their carapace becomes splotched.

Male Trionyx turtles tend to maintain the same coloration pattern from birth. Coloration also varies between each subspecies, and the exact coloration can also depend on an individual turtle’s environment.

Spiny softshell turtles are cryptically colored, meaning that their coloration helps them blend in with their surrounding environment.

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Additional information

Weight 14 lbs
Dimensions 17.1 × 16.5 in
Trionyx Turtle Facts:

Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Trionychidae
Subfamily: Trionychinae
Genus: Trionyx