The Hairy Water Tortoise of China

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I cannot figure out if this is a legitimate species, or a freak. This article seems to imply it was a common tortoise with vegetation affixed to its back.
     Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 21, 2015
     Category: Animals | Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature | Asia | Nineteenth Century





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I've seen turtles along the Mississippi with some moss on their backs but none quite so covered as your drawing implies. I did find a photo of such a critter as you can see if you click here.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/21/15 at 10:34 AM
Excellent find, Expat!
Posted by Paul on 02/21/15 at 10:45 AM
http://i.imgur.com/akeVeiq.jpg
Posted by Phideaux on 02/21/15 at 01:02 PM
I'm sure that if it were a species variation, they would have turned them all into 'traditional medicine' by now.
Posted by Victor Berthelsdorf on 02/21/15 at 02:56 PM
http://saralondesworld.blogspot.com/2012/07/198-366-hairy-turtle.html
Posted by Victor Berthelsdorf on 02/21/15 at 02:59 PM
Victor B: that is our guy, for sure!
Posted by Paul on 02/21/15 at 08:54 PM









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