Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle
I photographed this turtle at Ijams Nature Center. I had to wait awhile because it was buried under the sand with just its' nostrils showing. I knew if I waited long enough it would have to surface to breathe. These turtles can often be seen basking on logs in the wild. They are shy and will quickly slide into the water if they detect danger. As the name implies, these turtles have a leathery shell.