Baby Florida Softshell Turtle

Baby Softshell Turtle on Hand

Baby Softshell Turtle on Hand

Baby Softshell Turtle From Above

Baby Softshell Turtle From Above

Baby Softshell Turtle Beside Penny

Baby Softshell Turtle Beside Penny

Young Softshell Turtle in Our Pond

Young Softshell Turtle in Our Pond

Adult Florida Softshell Turtle Full View

Adult Florida Softshell Turtle Full View

Adult Florida Softshell Turtle Face

Adult Florida Softshell Turtle Face

We were so lucky to spot a baby softshell turtle while hiking at Saint Sebastian River Preserve in Florida.  It looked like a flat round seed in the sand!  Softshell turtles are named for their soft leathery shells, and spend much of their time in water.   They have webbed feet and use their noses as a snorkel when they swim.  Adult Florida softshells can get up to 2 feet long!

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

10 Responses to Baby Florida Softshell Turtle

  1. elisaruland says:

    What a find! After studying your photographs, I can’t help but feel that this little guy had a connection with you…what a gift you have!

  2. I’ve never seen a baby softshell Pam – what a sweetie! I’ve only seen the big ones. Do some people call these “hognose turtles” or is that a different type? ~Terri

    • Pam says:

      Yes this baby turtle was a real cutie! Softshells are also known as pig-nosed turtles. The hognose turtle you are thinking of is a snapper.

  3. Don’t see many of the soft shells anymore,.. great pictures.

    Michael
    Hilton Head Large Birds

  4. Ed Dennison says:

    I have one in my fish pond now just chilling

    • Pam says:

      Our turtle likes to hang out near the dock. He gobbles down the fish food pellets in one gulp at a time like they they are potato chips! 🙂

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