Animal Stories - Spiny Soft-shelled Turtle


Animal-World Information about: Spiny Soft-shelled Turtle

   There is no mistaking a Spiny Soft-shelled Turtle, ...it is often described as being 'pancake like' and having a 'pig snout'!
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Tony D - 2010-01-16
Yes, you are right. Softshells are a difficult species and fare poor in captivity. I want to get a smooth softshell for my birthday, and right now I'm doing plenty of research. I bet the smooth and spiny softshells both have relatively similar care requirements. Great website you guys have. Keep up the good work. It will really help me.

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  • Justin Thorpe - 2013-08-25
    How often should they be fed pellets? And how many pellets?
  • john - 2013-09-19
    I caught one while fishing a few days ago it was about ten inches around a friend told me they were an endangered species and illegal to have in captivity, don't know if it is true. I caught it in a pond and released it in a strip pit after me and the little ones played with it. I would have given it to you. Happy Birthday check legality, hope you get one, it was pretty cool.
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Jake Bearden - 2013-07-03
I found 5 in the Illinois river.

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Tiago - 2013-05-12
I found a spiny soft shelled turtle in amazon Brazil.

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obadiah russell - 2013-01-06
does anyone know of any good websites that give information on softshell turtles? i have no clue what kind i have and would like to know as much as i can. i saved this turtle from an owner who didnt care much for it. my email is obierussell@yahoo.com thankyou

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joshua - 2012-12-17
I have a turtle. shes 2 years old. I found her in a canal in Carlsbad, New Mexico. I don't know what to feed her. I've had her for 3 years. I feed her pallets. shes growing so big. I've tried to put all kinds of different fish's with her in a tank. But she eats them all!. I don't know what to do. or what to feed her. or how many times do i feed her. If someone can help me that would be great.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-17
    Live fish are great for them and it gives her some exercise.  The turtle sticks are good because they give the turtle the vitamins they are missing in captivities.  Adding some vegetables is a great idea too.  I would cut a few feeders in the tank a week and use the turtle sticks once or twice a day.  The turtle will give you the signs when hungry.
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Ren - 2012-09-02
I have a baby Eastern Spiny Soft shell Turtle. I have not set my tank up yet. I want it to be perfect so he's in a small plastic tub. I change the water everyday since its not a lot of water. I put some calcium sand in there and now there is a film on top of the water -  is calcium sand ok. I have also notice a light white fuzz on his neck can't tell if it is shedding of a fungus. any thoughts? thank you

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    I'm guessing its a fungus. Be sure to have a filter on his tank as that will help with the film, and can help prevent infections. You may want to treat the water with a fungal medication (like for fish). Once he's in a larger body of water, that should help. They are a more difficult water turtle to care for, but once you get him established and his final home on a maintenance schedule, you should do fine.
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Bryson - 2012-09-01
Where can u get a spiny soft-shelled turtle near Norman, OK or Van Buren, AR?

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Gemma D.R. Garcia - 2012-08-28
I have a spiny soft shelled turtle since 2010 after typhoon 'ONDOY' I put her/him in the aquarium and she/he eat a pellet like for my Japanese Coy fish food. I don't know how to identify the gender. Before I put her in my aquarium after a week my fish die that;s why I separate her to other aquarium. Also before she just 1-1/2 inch big now she is 2-1/2 inches. I'm enjoying seeing her swimming in the aquarium.

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Vaibhav - 2012-05-03
They eat blood worms, guppies, Turtle food, prawns...

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jbc - 2012-04-21
I need to know what they eat. Can someone help me out please!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-21
    Scroll up in this Animal World article and it will tell you pretty much what they eat. They are carnivores so meat and they will eat fish, pinkies but look up at CARE and FEEDING in this article for the list. They can also be acclimated to commercial diets.
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