spiny softshell turtle

A man wearing sunglasses, a backwards cap and a reflective yellow vest holds a turtle. He has one hand under the shell and one holding the back of the shell. Its mouth cannot reach his hands.

On June 23, 2021, Ryan Frantzen, a Roads and Grounds employee at Fermilab, correctly handles a spiny softshell turtle that Fermilab scientist Jean-Paul Carneiro found crossing the road. Coincidentally, Frantzen was in the first car Carneiro asked to stop to protect the creature. If you want to move a turtle on a road on campus, place it on the side of the road it is heading toward. Never pick up a turtle by the tail. Larger turtles may be feisty. Roads and Grounds responds to calls to move the turtles, too.

This spiny softshell turtle, apalone spinifera, was found walking the bike path. These turtles are known to hang out at Bulrush pond near the Feynman Computing Center, so it may have wandered a bit toward IARC. Or if it's female, perhaps she's looking for some soft ground to lay eggs. Too bad it didn't know about the rule to stay to the right to allow faster traffic to pass. Photo: Michael Geelhoed, nature, wildlife, animal, turtle, reptile, spiny softshell turtle

This spiny softshell turtle, apalone spinifera, was found walking the bike path. These turtles are known to hang out at Bulrush pond near the Feynman Computing Center, so it may have wandered a bit toward IARC. Or if it’s female, perhaps she’s looking for some soft ground to lay eggs. Too bad it didn’t know about the rule to stay to the right to allow faster traffic to pass.