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Posted by Maxx MacLeod on September 27, 2002 at 00:25:31:
In Reply to: Re: Smooth softshell? posted by DarrellS on September 26, 2002 at 23:44:43:
yrureefing-- Smooth Softshell hatchlings are inexpensive and easy to find. If you go to the breeders/dealers section of Kingsnake and look at some of the larger breeders in Florida and other southern states, you can always find smoothies for sale. Beware though: Smooth Softshells aren't nearly as hardy as Spiny Softshells and Florida Softshells. They only live in rivers, they need very clean water, and they die easily. If you get any hatchlings, I suggest getting a couple more than you intended to keep and expect to have a couple die...not a good thought but it will more than likely happen because they simply aren't very hardy in captivity. --Maxx P.S. I'm not aware of any states that protect them--yet. I also live in Minnesota and they are a species of concern but there is no legal protection--yet. You can take them (no limit) with a fishing license and you can harvest them commercially (no pound limit) with a commercial turtle trapping license that costs 70 bucks per year.