Outdoor Radio: Spiny Softshell Turtles
Eastern Spiny Softshell hatchling ready for release. / © K.P. McFarland
With a pointed snout and a leathery shell, the Spiny Softshell Turtle is certainly one of Vermont’s odder-looking reptiles. It is also listed as Threatened in Vermont. Steve Parren of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department joins Sara Zahendra and Kent McFarland to talk about natural history and conservation of the Spiny Softshell Turtle.
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Sara Zahendra and Steve Parren talking turtles. / © K.P. McFarland
Sara examines a tiny hatchling Map Turtle that will soon be released into the lake. / © K.P. McFarland
Map Turtle with an egg yolk scar still showing on its under shell. / © K.P. McFarland
A Map Turtle and a Painted Turtle ready to be released into the lake. / © K.P. McFarland
Hatchling Spiny Softshell Turtle ready to be released into the lake. / © K.P. McFarland
An infertile Map Turtle egg from a nest. / © K.P. McFarland
Hatchling Spiny Softshell Turtle. / © K.P. McFarland
Steve Parren and Sara excavate a turtle nest that has hatchlings to be released safely in the lake. / © K.P. McFarland
Sara releases a hatchling Spiny Softshell Turtle into the lake. / © K.P. McFarland
Outdoor Radio is produced in collaboration with Vermont Public Radio with support from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation.
A co-founder of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, Kent McFarland is a conservation biologist, photographer, writer and naturalist with over 20 years of experience across the Americas. Kent's writing and images have appeared widely in magazines, newspapers and mobile field guides. He's co-host of Outdoor Radio, a monthly natural history series on Vermont Public Radio. You can find him on Twitter @KPMcFarland.