Softshell turtles (Trionychidae) have many characteristics pertaining to their aquatic lifestyle. They can be found in Africa, Asia, and North America. Many must be submerged to swallow their food. In addition, they have elongated soft, snorkel-like nostrils.
The carapace color of each type of softshell turtle tends to match the sand or mud color of its geographical region. This helps with their “lie in wait” feeding methodology. Their feet are webbed and three-clawed, giving them the family name Trionychidae.
These beautiful Turtles are on the brink of extinction because people commonly consume them. Worldwide, the most widely consumed softshell species is the Chinese softshell Pelodiscus Sinensis, according to Wikipedia.
Softshell turtles are eaten as a delicacy in most parts of their range, particularly in East Asia. A Chinese dish stews them with chicken.