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Old 04-15-2014, 09:32 AM   #1
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I was thinking of buying a male Florida softshell turtle soon does anybody keep some as I have a few questions on them I understand they get big around 8 to 10 inches for a male
Do they need to bask ?
What size tank will I need to last them there whole life's



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I have seen soft shell turtles that weighted over 40lbs and were over two feel long, I could be wrong here as I am no expert in keeping turtles but those things can get huge.
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I had friend keep one he kept in a custom 400 gallon tank he was 30" long and weighed 60lbs and he loved to bask.
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I do no keep them. But I have thought about thus done a lot of research. In my opinion they get way to big to keep inside any normal tank. I would recommend, if you got one, to buy either a 200 gallon or larger aquarium or just get a large 300 gallon or bigger rubber maid stock tank(which is what I feel would be best but its up to you). And yes they bask as do pretty much all turtles do. And for a basking area you can't have anything that is very rough because they could damage their shells fairly easily, so a large piece of quark bark or build a sand bank into its enclosure.

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Sounds like something I'd like to do
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Also keep them on sand so it don't hurt there shell
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My basking area is made of plastic and my turtles are ok on it
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