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Florida Softshell Turtle

As the name suggests, the Florida softshell turtle is a species with a soft shell, which is somewhat leathery. This reptile is native to the southeastern parts of the United States. The females are larger.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Family Trionychidae
    Subfamily Trionychinae
    Genus Apalone
    Species A. ferox
    Scientific Name Apaloneferox

    Length 15 to 35 cm
    Coloration The carapace is dark brown to olive green with a white or cream-colored underside
    Distribution Primarily found in Florida, but also found in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Texas
    Habitat In the still waters of ponds, streams, lakes, and swamps
    Diet Completely carnivorous diet that includes crayfish, snails, mussels, frogs, worms and insects
    Breeding Season February to August
    Clutch Size 9 to 40
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on January 28th 2017 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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