Hypomelanistic Florida Softshell for sale


Hypomelanistic Florida Softshell Turtles for sale at American Reptile Distributors!  

  • Species: Apalone ferox
  • Origin: Captive Bred
  • Size: Approximately 3-5 inches. Adults reaching up to 12-24 inches
  • Natural Range: United States. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.
  • Food: Turtle pellets
  • Lifespan: Up to 20-30+ years



Hypomelanistic Florida Softshell for sale

The Hypomelanistic Florida Softshell, Apalone ferox, is a captivating species of freshwater turtle native to Florida.

Known for its lighter coloration and unique appearance, it attracts attention from reptile enthusiasts and researchers.

With its flattened, leathery shell and adaptive features, such as elongated snouts and webbed feet, it is a skilled swimmer and hunter.

This carnivorous species feeds on aquatic invertebrates, small fish, amphibians, and crustaceans. While popular as pets, responsible ownership is essential.

Conservation efforts are crucial to protect this species from threats like habitat loss and pollution.

  1. Mating Season: Softshell turtles typically have a mating season that occurs during the spring and summer months. This is when males actively pursue females and engage in courtship behaviors to attract a mate.
  2. Courtship Behavior: Male softshell turtles may display various courtship behaviors to attract females, such as head bobbing, biting, and swimming alongside them. These behaviors serve to establish dominance and initiate mating.
  3. Nesting: After successful mating, female softshell turtles seek out suitable nesting sites. They often prefer sandy or gravelly areas near the water's edge, where they can dig a nest cavity.
  4. Egg Laying: Female softshell turtles lay their eggs in the nest cavity they have created. The number of eggs laid can vary, but it is typically between 10 and 30 eggs. Once the eggs are laid, the female covers them with soil or sand to protect them.
  5. Incubation Period: The incubation period for softshell turtle eggs can range from 60 to 90 days, depending on factors such as temperature and environmental conditions. The eggs rely on the heat from the surrounding environment to develop and hatch.
  6. Hatchling Emergence: Once the incubation period is complete, the hatchlings will emerge from the nest. They are typically self-sufficient and instinctively make their way to the water, where they will begin their aquatic life.


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