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Softshell Turtle Florida basic information

The Florida Softshell gets its name from its leathery and scuteless shell. The rim of their shell is the only flexible part of their carapace, though the soft appearance of their shell would seem to imply otherwise. When younger, these turtles' shells are quite colorful, but as they age, their color diminishes. These Turtles have a flat, soft appearance and have an exotic looking tubular nose with fleshy lips. They use this unique adaptation to hide under mud and still be able to breathe while on land. The Florida Softshell has fully webbed limbs and three claws on each of these. Females in general are larger than males, with average individuals measuring approximately 20 inches, whereas males tend to be smaller, averaging 13 inches. Larger specimens have been reported.

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