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Chinese Soft-Shelled Turtles Release Waste Through Their Mouth
2012-10-11 19:54:10

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online "Necessary? Is it necessary for me to drink my own urine? No, but I do it anyway because it's sterile and I like the taste," says Rip Torn's character, Patches O'Houlihan, in the hit comedic movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. While Patches O'Houlihan might seem like an oddball for drinking his own urine, scientists have found that one species of turtle would deem it as being completely normal, at least in a similar sense....

2005-07-22 07:16:35

By Teresa Geow SINGAPORE (Reuters) - One in five pet shops in Singapore are selling endangered turtles, an animal welfare group said on Friday. The Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres) said its undercover investigation of 100 Singapore pet shops had revealed the presence of endangered species such as the Chinese stripe-necked turtle, the Chinese softshell turtle, the Australian snake-necked turtle and the pig-nosed turtle. Acres said protected turtles were found in 20...

Latest Trionychidae Reference Libraries

2007-03-19 18:47:43

The Florida Soft-shell Turtle, Apalone ferox, is a species of turtle native to the eastern United States, primarily in Florida, but can also be found in South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama. These turtles are almost entirely aquatic, generally only emerging from the water to bask or to lay eggs. The Florida Soft-shell Turtle has a dark brown to olive green, leathery carapace with a white or cream colored underside. They have a long neck, an elongated head, with a long snorkel-like nose....

2006-12-26 15:41:07

The Australasian Pig-nose Turtle, Carettochelys insculpta, is a species of soft-shelled turtle native to freshwater streams, lagoons and rivers of the Northern Territory of Australia and southern New Guinea. This species is unlike any other species of freshwater turtle in the world. The shell is typically gray in color, with a leathery texture, while the front plate is cream colored. Their feet are actually flippers, resembling those of marine turtles. Its nose looks like that of a pig....

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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.