The Florida Softshell Turtle is native to the southeastern United States, found primarily in Florida, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. It is the largest softshell turtle in North America and it is one of the fastest turtles to move on land and in the water. They prefer water to land and can be seen in ponds, streams, rivers, lakes and swamps.  The Florida Softshell Turtle has a leathery carapace (shell) that is usually dark brown to olive green with a white or cream colored underside. They can grow to be quite large, ranging from 6 to 30 inches in length and can weigh up to 45 pounds. In captivity, the Florida Softshell Turtle has been known to live up to 30 years; in the wild their lifespan is shorter

Exhibit: Blue Hole Spring & Flint River Gallery

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • 31
  • 32
  • 33
  • 34
  • 35
  • 36
  • 37
  • 38
  • 39
  • 40
  • 41
  • 42
  • 43
  • 44
  • 45
  • 46
  • 47
  • 48
  • 49
  • 50
  • 51
  • 52
  • 53
  • 54
  • 55
  • 56
  • 57
  • 58
  • 59
  • 60
  • 61
  • 62
  • 63
  • 64
  • 65
  • 66
  • 67
  • 68
  • 69
  • 70
  • 71
  • 72
  • 73
  • 74
  • 75
  • 76
  • 77
  • 78
  • 79
  • 80
  • 81
  • 82
  • 83
  • 84
  • 85
  • 86
  • 87
  • 88
  • 89
  • 90
  • 91
  • 92
  • 93
  • 94
  • 95
  • 96
  • 97
  • 98

 

Hours of Operation

Monday - Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.