Understanding The Difference Between A Softshell Turtle And A Pancake

I know, I know. It’s embarrassing to not be able to tell the difference between a Gulf Coast spiny softshell turtle and a chocolate chip pancake. But even the best herpetologists have problems with this.

1. Professor Turtle will teach you the difference!

Are you ready?

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2. This is a chocolate chip pancake.

The presence of maple syrup in the vicinity is usually a good indicator that you’re dealing with a pancake and not a turtle.

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3. This is a Gulf Coast spiny softshell turtle.

Unlike pancakes, turtles have a head and limbs. Things get tricky sometimes, however; always double-check your specimen for batter runoff masquerading as body parts.

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4. Don’t confuse the two.

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