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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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I found my first spiny soft shell turtle on the shores of Lake Michigan over the 4th of July, it was only 2.5-inches and was resting at the water's edge. I've been combing these beaches near Benton Harbor for 50 years and this was a first. We showed the kids and then let it swim away, where it quickly buried itself into the sand underwater. I'm guessing it came out from the St. Joe River. It will likely be a challenge surviving in the big lake.
I have a Softshell Spiney turtle, in Wisconsin. Beautiful turtle, my kids love him, and he's a great display! He LOVES to show off lol, he back paddles when eating, it's really entertaining! I couldn't imagine not having him, have had him for two years now. His Favorite foods are Wardley pellets and Angelfish, as well as... Shrimp, lol.
My son just caught a soft-shell in the act of laying her eggs in a hole she dug in our hot, sandy, dry driveway in St. Augustine, FL. We live in a low-lying area and with all of the recent rain, the nearby ponds & ditches are full. I guess she was laying her eggs where they would be high, dry and warm. I'll have to go onto the community forum to see if anyone knows how long the encubation period is. I've got pictures of her, the nest, and the eggs. My son said that when she was done, you couldn't even tell where the nest was.
On June 12,2009(6/12/09), my dad and I were fishing under a bridge in Hephzibah, Georgia. We were fishing out of a big creek that came out of a golf course called Gordon Lakes. It had snakes, turtles(snapping, and soft shell), cat fish, bass, brim and ect... This big turtle came to the top of the water one time and I didn't see it (my dad did). When it came up again I almost had a heart attack because of how big it was. I put my pole out and right as I did it went under water but it came back up immediately. So, I put my pole to where the worm was at the top of the water. The next thing I know I was rolling up a heavy turtle. It fit perfectly in a 5 gal. bucket. Later I thought I (a 13year old going to 8th grade) caught that big turtle. I think it's a female, I'm not too sure though.
June 6,2009, my husband, 2 children, and I were fishing in the ohio river in Sciotoville, ohio and I saw a little turning on the bank swimming and burying himself in the sand and we caught him. I didn't even know what kind of turtle he was. He is so cute and my kids were so amazed with what he looked like. I wasn't sure what it ate and how to keep him ok and things... it's so neat though~
We have a creek running through our farm. We see softshell turtles all of the time. We have seen them as small as a silver dollar. The largest one I have seen was close to 12" across. His neck was close to 2" in diameter. We had one in our bath tube once. It would squirt us with its nose. They are really neat animals. We look for them all of time.
I caught one in tyler state park
My wife & I have had a male soft shelled turtle for a little over a year now (we named him Mike). When we first found him in the wild he was about twice the size of a quarter. I fed him lunch meat ham at first because I didn't have any of the other things suggested online. Ham is still one of his favorite foods today though. I feed him turtle food and turkey sometimes also.
I pick him up every night and talk to him before I feed him his ham on the end of a toothpick. He has gotten used to me and walks around in my hand, but it is still his instinct to hide and bury himself in the rocks a lot. He tends to roam around freely a lot more often when we are gone. We come home & see him out & about pretty often.
Hi. My Sister got a soft shell turtle, and we have it in a big tank. I was wondering, what type of sand does the turtle need? We haven't add to much water to the tank, its probably 7inches high, of water level. If I could get any info to this it will help, thnx....
I have had a spiny soft shell for quite a few months now and I think he is probably one of the best turtles I've had (5 total). He is very friendly but will bite if he feels in danger. But left alone (as turtles should be) he is very active and loves to bask, more so when he was very small, but still comes out on the rocks every once in a while. He eats very well on crickets and live fish, when he can catch them, and loves to bury himself in the sand.