Softshell Turtle
Hey! Who you callin’ a softie?
Florida softshell turtles may have a soft shell but don’t let that fool you! They are known to bite each other or other turtle species when eating or at random. Why? To compensate for being more vulnerable than their hard shell counterparts! Their diet consists of insects, fish, crustaceans, mollusks, amphibians and waterfowl, and they will hunt and chase down their prey or scavenge. These turtles spend a lot of their time hiding in the water along the sandy bottom, leaving only their heads exposed to ambush prey that venture within reach.

January 2017
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