Chinese Soft-Shelled Turtle
Chinese soft-shelled turtles are native to China, Taiwan, Korea, Manchuria, North Vietnam, and Japan. Introduced populations have become established in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Batan Islands, Hawaii, and California. They have long been harvested for food (primarily turtle soup) and folk remedy tonics. Chinese soft-shelled turtles can grow up to 1 foot long, although related species can be much larger.
The Chinese soft-shelled turtle is found in lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, even ditches. It is highly aquatic and usually stays submerged, breathing by using its long snout and tubelike nostrils as a snorkel. They often rest on the bottom, buried in sand or mud, and lift their heads to breathe or snatch at prey. The species forages at night for invertebrates, fish, and amphibians.