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Such a peculiar and interesting turtle. My friend Luke made a miraculous dive from the canoe during some map turtle surveys to snag this female smooth softshell (Apalone mutica) we saw passing underneath the boat. This species isn't as widely distributed or even as visible in waterways as their more abundant congeners, the spiny softshell. They're more habitat specific than spiny's, and they're tied to generally medium to large lotic (i.e., flowing) systems, though this lady was found in a medium sized creek. These guys are a super fast turtle, and I've seen them dive into the sand like a knife through butter. Labmate @gabbieberry got tissue and measurements from this pretty lady as part of her Master's thesis. Be sure to give her a follow if you're interested to see more pictures of Mississippi turtles! #Mississippiwildlife #softshellturtle #turtles

Pulled this guy off the road. He wasn't exactly understanding that I saved his life. Released him in a pond. #florida #turtlesurvival #turtle #softshellturtle

He's like get my good side πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ #softshellturtle #foundhimontheroad #guesshesmynewfriendnow what should i name him ?? Im on my way to the pet store now for supplies

The Florida softshell turtle (Apalone ferox) is a large freshwater turtle with a relatively flat, leathery shell and a distinctive tubular snout. Its eyes are positioned towards the front of the head, giving it almost binocular vision and a distinctly more intelligent look than other turtles. Florida softshell turtles play a role in the aquatic ecosystem both as predators and as scavengers, and in turn provide food (as eggs and post-hatching turtles) for other predators. Young Apalone ferox are prone to bacterial and fungal skin problems; these problems occur in both wild and captive animals and populations. Little is known about parasites in Apalone ferox; they can harbor leeches, and Foster et al. (1998) found eight helminth species in Florida softshell turtle obtained from a commercial process. Florida softshell turtles are harvested in large numbers for the food trade, both for domestic consumption and, increasingly, to supply Asian markets. Between July 1990 and July 1991, 3600 softshell turtles were purchased for meat in south Florida. Today there are breeding centers in southern Florida to raise turtles for Chinese markets (Bonin et al., 2006), but wild turtles are often taken to resupply breeding farms. Apalone ferox is the most heavily harvested turtle species in Florida. Florida softshell turtles remain common in many parts of their range, but populations are locally threatened due to habitat destruction and heavy harvesting. Despite large numbers removed from the wild in some places, Florida softshell turtles remain common in refuge areas and other areas less subject to harvest; their dispersal abilities may allow them to repopulate over-harvested or isolated habitats. Softshell turtles (Apalone) are sensitive to rotenone, a poison often used to collect and survey fish for population studies. Florida softshell turtles are subject to harvest regulations in states where they occur, but are not yet considered to be endangered or threatened on any Federal or State list. Photo by @regisunday #Florida #Everglades #softshellturtle #LetLive #WeAreAllConnected

🐒 Turtle Tuesday 🐒 and no we didn't kill him #softshellTurtle


I hate when this happens 😞 hooked a Florida soft shell turtle. These are the largest softshell turtles in North America and almost entirely aquatic. They have been known to eat waterfowl such as ducks and small herons! #pondfishing #fishing #gonefishing #softshellturtle #softshell #nature #southern #countrylife #nature #pond #turtle #hooked #hookedaturtle #outdoors #outside #hook #fishingpole #fisherman #fish #turtlesofinstagram #turtleneck #turtlelove #turtlelife #lifeofhardknocks #floridasoftshellturtle #Apaloneferox #reptilesofinstagram #reptile #reptiles #reptilelover

Upgraded Benny to a bigger tank and this was his reaction πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚#babysoftshellturtle #softshellturtle #turtle #babyturtle #aquaticturtle

He's like get my good side πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ #softshellturtle #foundhimontheroad #guesshesmynewfriendnow what should i name him ?? Im on my way to the pet store now for supplies

First catch was dads and it was not what he was going for #softshellturtle #dalehollowlake

The Pallid Spiny Soft Shell Turtle is the largest of the soft shell turtles with a record size of 21.25". This female was about that big. Impressive to see in the wild. #canon #canon70d #texasnaturephotos #naturephotography #softshellturtle

Saw this cute #softshellturtle on the way home hanging out at the playground. #turtlesofig #🐒

Isn't it just too cute #turtle #softshellturtle #floridalife

Softshell I caught on a peice or bologne on the white river ain't lookin happy at all πŸ˜‚
#fishing #softshellturtle

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