Midland Smooth Softshell
This softshell species is rather plain-looking. The front of the upper shell lacks any small bumps or spines. Shell color varies with age and sex. Males and young have an olive-gray or brown upper shell with faint markings of dots and dashes. Adult females have a mottled upper shell with blotches of gray, olive, or brown. The lower shell is a plain cream color. Head and limbs are olive or gray above, and light gray or cream-colored below. A light stripe bordered by black is usually present behind each eye.
Similar species: Our other softshell, the spiny softshell (A. spinifera), has spines or bumps along the front edge of the upper shell.