Cantor’s Giant Soft Shelled Turtle The Cantor's giant softshell turtle or Asian giant softshell turtle is a species of freshwater turtle. The turtle has a broad head and small eyes close to the tip of its snout. The carapace is smooth and olive-colored.
You might think that turtles are not scary, then you clearly haven’t seen a mata mata yet. These freshwater turtles can be found in the Amazon described by a French Naturalist as a large land turtle with spiky and ridged scales. This is why it’s so scary, because it is so ugly. Do not worry though, unless you’re a fish or an invertebrate then you’re safe. Humans are not part of their diet. These scary looking creature won’t harm you.
Meet the prehistoric-looking alligator snapping turtle, a possibly endangered Alabama resident
This appears to be an albino or leucistic Murray River Turtle (fully grown adult male). I can't see what colour the shell is as it is covered in green algae. I saw this freshwater turtle at the Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary in the Adelaide Hills in company with a bunch of other Murray River Turtles (see shot 5 in this series for some 'normal' ones).
One of the largest freshwater turtles in the world, the alligator snapping turtle is a prehistoric-looking species with a reputation as the ‘dinosaur of the turtle world’. It is another endemic species to the USA and there has been a major decline in numbers as a result of over-collection by a major soup manufacturing company and over-harvesting for their meat in many states.