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Posted by Flavia Guimaraes on October 28, 2002 at 17:58:21:
In Reply to: Re: Spiny softshell, do they bask??? posted by DarrellS on October 28, 2002 at 10:46:28:
My softshell is a rescue that I saved from a food fair.Since I brought it home it hid under the rock I put in it's tank and dont want to go out.It's not eating but it's not sick because it tries to bite me whenever I try to touch it!!Any idea how to make it feel more confortable and start eating again?????
ps Yes, my baby is just like the one in the photo.But it has a more evil way to look at me and its carapace is not so round.
:I have what I think is a Eastern Spiny Softshell.I wonder if I need to put a basking rock inside its tank.Any information??Thanks in advance!!
:Softshells do indeed bask, in fact in my experience they are more inclined to bask than many other species. Part of the reason that this is not obvious is that they usually do so on mud banks or lower parts of logs rather than piling up like sliders do.
:It is necessary that they be allowed to bask - They also need a full spectrum / UV light for D3 / calcium metabolism as well. Set up the basking area with a light to warm it to about 95 degrees F (35 degrees C)
:There is a general care sheet for softshells at the link below in the Care Sheets section.