Florida Softshell Turtle
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.