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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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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Candyce - 2009-03-12
Can anyone tell me why my spiney soft shell is not eating much at all. She use to eat earthworms as soon as I put them in her tank. She now has guppies swimming around her head with no interest. She hides in her sand and will keep her head out and swim around. Even though she is shy, she is less shy and will be less isolative, but not eating much at all. I have had her for about 3 months. She is approx 4-5 inches long. Cute as a button but I want to make sure she is healthy. Will not go out of the water even with her ramp and rocks I have set up for her. Temp of water 78. Any suggestions. Thanks. She does hold her head out of water often enjoying her heat lamp. She also has the special light that is like the sun or something, cant remember, but it's the right one.

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Genz - 2010-07-07
Last month we bought a matured Female soft shelled turtle about 5inch long 3inch wide, for only P270.00 "cheap" yesterday it laid 5 eggs on the pond full of water.. I already put the eggs on a dry rags.. since last month the turtle didn't eat anything, and doesn't want to eat anything.. the back is almost visible.. she's so aggressive.. . what should we do?..

problems. Food, eggs..

please help!.. :D

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  • Karissa - 2010-08-09
    Where did you buy your turtle?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-19
    Take her to the vets. She should be eating a bit more after laying eggs.
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kamryn - 2012-03-18
I found a soft shell turtle today and I don't really know what size tank to get him. Some one help me

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-19
    how big is the turtle?
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Jean - 2009-06-07
The first spiney shell turtle I found was on the shoreline of Lake Michigan in mid to late spring. It was about the size of a silver dollar. I doubted it lived there and there were gulls nearby so I brought him home. I called him a pancake turtle and found out from our nature center what he was. He lived outside in our old iron bathtub with a filter and fountain until it got cold, then I took him to our nature center where he lived for several years, but sadly died. Sometime after that I was again walking on the beach and found another one! Again he went into the bathtub and we enjoyed him for several months, but he vanished even though I have always kept wire over the top. A year later and just a few days ago walking on the beach I found another one!! He is now happily ensconsed in the old bathtub/fountain. It has always been a mystery to me how they end up on the sandy shores of vast Lake Michigan with nary a river, creek nor small lake nearby to where I've been finding them. I thought intially maybe they had been sucked up in the intake of a boat and spit out when it anchored off shore. But now, after reading your article, it seems more likely they get caught in a clump of debris and float to where I have found them three different times over the years. They are such rare, delightful treasures! This year in September we will set him free in a river nearby, hoping he survives and thrives.

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  • glass - 2010-09-01
    Do you think it is wise to release them back into the wild? Since you have had them in captivity every thing that I have read tell you not to release them back into the wild.
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Joey - 2008-12-24
I need help!! I have the highest interest in taking good care of my soft shelled turtles (1male/1female). I've had them for about three months now and they are small; their shell is about 2.5 inches.The problem i have is dealing with what type of light or lights they need and dont need. The edge of their shells toward their ends started curving up. Their shells around the end curved up so much they scoop up sand with their shells. Ive tried different pet stores and each one tells me something different. no one knows specific information about these types. instead of explaing the many different things everyone has told me, can someone with experience tell me what they do need. I have them a 20gal tank, fresh water with filter, basking lamp and floating dock.. The only thing i have bought is the basking lamp for them because everything has told me i need and dont need many things..can anyone help?

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  • Zachary F - 2010-04-02
    Their shells naturally do that and even though I'm 12 I know a lot about reptiles from research and TV. I know stuff from turtles that even date back from 200 million years ago and that dinosour snakes have legs and that crocs back then were ten times bigger and many more PRESENT information.
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laura armstrong - 2007-10-28
I hatched six turtle eggs and all but one lived. They live together in a tank and they are great. I was doing some reaserch on them and the only thing I did wrong was not putting salt in their water. I spend about 70.00 dollars a week to feed them and keep plants in there with them. I handle all of them daily, they don't try to bite me. They will if they don't know your scent. My daughter tried to pick one up and the turtle tried to bite. They are speical. I need to find someone that wants one or two, as they are getting too big, and costing a lot of money to keep all.

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