Extraordinary Animals On The Verge Of Extinction

4. Soft-Shelled Turtle

Soft-Shelled Turtle

Soft-Shelled Turtle, a species that defies the typical image of turtles with their flat, fleshy pancake-like appearance. The narrow-headed soft-shelled turtle primarily inhabits the rivers of Pakistan and India. While their reproductive rates are relatively high, the species faces significant threats from illegal trading for food and medicinal purposes.

Unregulated sale of these turtles puts them at risk of extinction in the near future. Despite their unique look, they have a fairly long neck and blend into the riverbed, extending their necks quickly to catch prey swimming by. Despite their odd looks, the species is vital to maintaining the ecological balance in their habitats.