Apalone - from the Latin word meaning soft-boiled

spinifera - from the Latin word meaning bearing spines, referring to the spines at the anterior edge of the carapace.

The carapace of this turtle is covered in leathery skin bearing spines at the anterior edge, giving it its common name. The eastern spiny softshell turtle is one of the rarest turtles in Canada and is listed as a threatened species by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). see reptile conservation