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Posted by NathanA on August 12, 2002 at 13:58:24:
In Reply to: Tank size for an adult Florida Softshell Turtle posted by Lenny on August 12, 2002 at 13:15:50:
females get up to 22", which would leave it barely able to turn around in a 125. Males get to 14".
a good rule of thumb, is having 10 gallons of water per inch of turtle, so for a male, 140 gaollons, for a female 220 gallons. This does NOT take into account space for basking, so perhaps a tank that size with a plexiglass top extension around the basking area (like a box on one end) would make the most sense size-wise. The footprint should be at least 2 x the length of the turtle by 5 times the length of the turtle. Larger is always better.
Softies are also very fast swimmers and should be given as much space as humanly possible. This species generally isn't a good bet for a pet, unless you live close to or inside it's natural range and can build an outdoor pond.