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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.

from National Geographic News

World's Largest Freshwater Turtle Nearly Extinct

World's Largest Freshwater Turtle Nearly Extinct. A Yangtze giant softshell turtle—one of the last four known—gets a checkup in Hanoi, Vietnam, in 2011.


he alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) is the largest freshwater turtle in the world based on weight. It is often associated with, but not closely related to, the common snapping turtle, which are in the genus Chelydra.


Recent seizures highlight trouble for Asia’s tortoises and freshwater turtles Indian Narrow-headed Softshell Turtles seized during at attempt to smuggle them via Bangkok © TRAFFIC Bangkok, Thailand, 27th March 2014—Hot on the heels of three major tortoise and freshwater turtle seizures in Asia comes another in Bangkok involving close to 300 animals and the arrest of two men suspected of smuggling them.