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Posted by Dug on September 15, 2002 at 07:23:06:
In Reply to: Handling Softshells posted by Maxx MacLeod on September 11, 2002 at 06:00:01:
:Dug-- I don't have any keen insights on handling softshells. I try not to handle mine and disrupt them too much because they are meant to be breeding animals. I've noticed that softshells are the most aggressive of my species as far as biting goes. Some of them are also quite aggressive with each other, especially males. But individual animals and some particular species seem to be better in this regard. My Indian Flapshells are pretty calm when I handle them to check them for eggs and they never try to bite. But most of my other softshells try to take a pound of flesh if I touch them! Good luck! --Maxx
I've also noticed that softshells have the grumpiest disposition of any turtle I've handled. Snappers will bite predictably, softshells look me in the eye and then bite my hand. I have also noted that the meanest spiny I have is also the most tame.(when he is in the tank) Luckily the spiny softshells I have are male, so they don't have the size to tear a real substantial piece out of me.