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A pallid spiny softshell turtle (Apalone spinifera pallida) at the Houston Zoo.

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A pallid spiny softshell turtle (Apalone spinifera pallida) at the Houston Zoo.

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A pallid spiny softshell turtle (Apalone spinifera pallida) at the Houston Zoo.

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A pallid spiny softshell turtle (Apalone spinifera pallida) at the Houston Zoo.

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Caiman lizard (Dracaena guianensis). This is a semi-aquatic freshwater species from the Amazon Basin in South America. The long toes are for getting in and out of the muddy banks of the rivers where it lives.

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Caiman lizard (Dracaena guianensis). This is a semi-aquatic freshwater species from the Amazon Basin in South America. The long toes are for getting in and out of the muddy banks of the rivers where it lives.

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Reimann’s snake-necked turtle (Chelodina reimanni). (IUCN: Near Threatened)

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A yellow-bellied slider (Trachemys scripta scripta), a freshwater species from southeastern U.S. (IUCN: Near threatened)

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Caiman lizard (Dracaena guianensis). This is a semi-aquatic freshwater species from the Amazon Basin in South America. The long toes are for getting in and out of the muddy banks of the rivers where it lives.

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Geoffroy’s side-necked turtle (Phrynops geoffroanus).

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Caiman lizard (Dracaena guianensis). This is a semi-aquatic freshwater species from the Amazon Basin in South America.

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Caiman lizard (Dracaena guianensis). This is a semi-aquatic freshwater species from the Amazon Basin in South America.

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A Big Bend slider (Trachemys gaigeae gaigeae) at the Tennessee Aquarium. This species is listed as vulnerable by IUCN.

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A Mississippi map turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica kohnii).

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A Mississippi map turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica kohnii).

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A Mississippi map turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica kohnii).

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A Mississippi map turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica kohnii).

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A Mississippi map turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica kohnii).

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Geoffroy’s side-necked turtle (Phrynops geoffroanus).

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A southern Vietnamese box turtle (Cuora picturata). (IUCN: Critically Endangered)

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A mussel biologist holds a stripe-necked musk turtle (Sternotherus minor peltifer) in the Conasauga River, Tennessee.

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A Rio Grande river cooter (Pseudemys gorzugi). (IUCN: Near Threatened)

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An endangered yellow-margined box turtle (Cistoclemmys flavomarginata).

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A southern Vietnamese box turtle (Cuora picturata). (IUCN: Critically Endangered)

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A southern Vietnamese box turtle (Cuora picturata). (IUCN: Critically Endangered)

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A vulnerable Parker’s snake-necked turtle (Chelodina parkeri).

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A eastern river cooter (Pseudemys concinna concinna) at the Tennessee Aquarium.

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A eastern river cooter (Pseudemys concinna concinna) at the Tennessee Aquarium.

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An endangered southeast Asian big-headed turtle (Platysternon megacephalum megacephalum).

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A eastern river cooter (Pseudemys concinna concinna) at the Tennessee Aquarium.

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An endangered southeast Asian big-headed turtle (Platysternon megacephalum megacephalum).

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