Animal Stories - Spiny Soft-shelled Turtle

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   There is no mistaking a Spiny Soft-shelled Turtle, is often described as being 'pancake like' and having a 'pig snout'!
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Jessica - 2011-01-15
Several years ago on a family float trip, we gained another member of the family. I refused to put my soft shell turtle back because I gave it a name. I was about 10 years old. Just this afternoon I looked into Elmo the turtles tank and saw an EGG! I was so shocked, so I started doing more research on the species seeing how hard they are to take care of in captivity. Elmo is around 11 years old, she gets fish and pellets. Her shell did curl up when she was in a smaller tank, but now that she is in a big one she seems to be happy. Just wondering if anyone knows, Since she has never did breed, will she lay the normal amount of eggs or just one every now and then?

rob - 2010-12-09
How long should I leave the uvb light on per day?

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  • Josh - 2010-12-29
    On during the day, off at night. Just like it would be if they were living in the wild.
green - 2009-11-16
I purchased a Spiny soft shell in FLA while on vacation in August. It was the most unique turtle I have ever seen. We named it Nessie since when its neck is extended it looked like the Lock Ness Monster. He/She (not sure of the sex) was doing wonderful and adapting to its new home w/ the other 2 turtles we have. Just yesterday (11/15) it became sort of odd acting, laying on the perch under the light and not eating. When it was in the water it would just float, not active at all (like normal). When I got up this AM Nessie had died during the night. I am not sure what happened but I am really bummed about it. The other 2 turtles are doing just fine. Poor Nessie, he/she will be greatly missed :(

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  • michele - 2010-10-13
    I have a softshell turtle too it was found in our pond it is not moving around and it will not eat we are scared that he might die!
Price Smith - 2010-01-31
My son gave my wife a spiny soft-shelled turtle a year and a half ago it has been doing great, but recently we noticed that the back half of the shell started to curl up is this normal? Some back ground on the turtle. When she recieved the turtle it was about 1.5in. in diameter it is now about 5in. long 4.5in.wide.

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  • turtlelover3000 - 2010-02-17
    I have the same problem! I've been googling it but have found no info. it is curling up on my baby painted turtle. He has recently stopped eating also. WHAT SHOULD I DO!?! Any suggestions? Is it a sign of MBD? he/she has a uvb light that is changed periodically, and calcium and vitamin D used to be given and accepted regulary using all sorts of methods. Please help, I love him!
  • stevep - 2010-03-29
    We had a similar problem. Likely it is insufficient calcium. Get a calcium supplement and it should resolve-- though the "spoiler" may not go away.
  • Jason - 2010-09-30
    I too have a Softshell turtle, he is a Texas Spiny to be exact. I have heard of your problem and it seems to be associated with MBD, which is metabolic bone disease. It's caused from not having a UVB lamp for your turtle to bask under. These turtle, just like most other reptiles, need UVB to metabolize calcium. You should make sure you have one of these lamps for your turtle and supplement him/her with calcium. I would not recommend calcium with d3 because unless you get a vet’s input on the amount needed as you can over dose your pet and cause further harm. So make sure you have a UVB lamp and a broad spectrum of food, ie; krill, crayfish, live fish and so on. As for the curling of the shell it maybe to late to reverse the effects, but you can make sure your turtle stays healthy with the tips I provided. I have had my softshell for about 2 years and its grow to about 8 inches of turtle with attitude, but they make for a very interesting pet. Hope this helps!
  • corie - 2010-10-03
    I'm not sure but it sounds like it needs some vitamin supplements. If possible depending on the temperature in your area letting it get some natural sunlight should help also if this is the case (Of course make sure it can get to a cool area if it gets too warm).
Tyshawn - 2009-07-16
This guy gave me two turtles a soft shell and a map turtle because my snapper and painted turtle got stolen. I was just wondering is it ok to keep them both in a bucket? Also, I forgot to mention that they are both babys. :D

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  • Mike - 2010-05-09
    I got baby snapper and baby softshell in same tank for few months and they do good together.
  • Anonymous - 2010-07-05
    Not at all?
Mary - 2010-10-02
My science class caught an eastern Spiny Soft-shell turtle in a river when we were testing the water. So for a grade we had to write a manual on how to take of Sheldon Louis and this web cite helped me SO much. Thanks guys.

Trent - 2010-08-07
I have a female spiny soft shell turtle. She just laid 4 eggs and now there is a red balloon like sack about the size of my thumb hanging out. Is this normal or what could it be? I have been calling vets but I have not found any that have knowledge of a soft shell.

Jonas - 2010-07-21
I found my soft shell turtle in Michigan at Plesent Lake! Is that possible?

daniel - 2010-04-28
My fiance and I took my niece and nephew to a small pond near our home in Indiana and my niece saw the turtle on the edge of the pond.. this is some of the nastiest water I've ever seen I wouldn't recommend eating any fish you catch out of I caught the little sucker.. my nephew had one of these spiny soft-shelled turtles before and the dang thing lived forever and his sister broke the aquarium with a belt and they had to turn the turtle loose.. they say about how you are suppose to keep the water really clean.. why when they live in nasty mossy water..maynard (the spiny soft-shelled turtle we caught today) is beside my bed happy in the mossy water he was living in before I caught him.. are they suppose to be aggressive? Mine hasn't tried to bite me yet.. well I will let ya know how everything goes.. :)

erica - 2009-07-29
Hello , My name is Erica . My husband and I got our Spiny softshell turtle while canoeing in a river near our home. He is about the size of the top of a soda can. We named him Noodle. We bought him a tank and he is right at home in it. We took home some flat river rocks from the steam and made him a neat basking area. He even has an area for hanging out in the sand. I took a lot of sand from my nieces sandbox and Noodle loves to relax in it. He has a nice swimming area too. my husband is very good at things like that, because Noodle is very happy with his job fixing up the tank. Since the river is near my house I catch noodle crawfish and minnows for him to eat, he now comes up to my hand when I put it in his tank. He knows when it's time to eat and he knows when I'm near because he will stretch out his long neck and watch me from across the room. He is an AWESOME PET.