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Florida Softshell Turtle
Apalone ferox

Habitat: Wide diversity of freshwater and brackish waterbodies

Range: southern South Carolina, through eastern and southern Georgia, southeastern Alabama and all of Florida 

Natural Diet: They are carnivorous feeding on fish, insects, crustaceans and molluscs

Status in the Wild:
Common (Least Concern)


Fun Animal Facts

It is the largest soft shelled turtle in North America. This species has a large dark olive-green colored carapace that can be 30 inches long. Females are larger than the males. The Florida softshell has a long slender neck and slim, elongated snout. They spend most of their time in water occasionally emerging onto land to either lay eggs or to bask in the sun.


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This species is the largest softshell turtle in North American (Photo courtesy: Scott Findley Photography)

Distributional range