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Spiny soft shelled turtles

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Spiny soft shelled turtles

Postby 17degus » Thu Jul 14, 2016 12:41 pm

Anyone know anything about these things? Do they make good pets
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Re: Spiny soft shelled turtles

Postby minervasden » Fri Jul 15, 2016 4:57 pm

Softshells are my favorite turtles and I've owned 3 common species (Eastern spiny & smooths, Florida). They are not a pet you can take out and play with. They can be downright violent when removed from water also they can dehydrate easily.. So good or bad pet depends on what you want. You will need huge enclosures and standard aquariums may not be suitable. Excellent filtration and water chemistry is a requirement. Nonabrasive surfaces to avoid injury and infection. Some people use small gravel to help prevent filter damage but I'm a believer in soft sand all the way. Here's a basic care overview http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/caresheet-spiny_softshell.htm

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Re: Spiny soft shelled turtles

Postby 17degus » Fri Jul 15, 2016 5:38 pm

I love their noses :) yeah I will definitely have to get one in the future! Beautiful things.

And it turns out my beardie is just an ass haha. He will eat but it takes 25-30 minutes to get him to eat one roach... But at least he's eating now.
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