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    Soft shell turtle

    I'm not too savvy on my MN turtles, but from what I read online this seems to be a somewhat rare turtle in these parts. It was basking in the sun near the fishing pier on Waverly Lake this afternoon. I have never seen one and took some pics and headed home for some research. I am not sure if it was a smooth soft shell or spiny soft shell turtle. She was really dark in color with no real visible spots. She was pretty big, I bet a good 15 inches. Kinda neat, thought I'd share.




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    Yea.. we call those Rubber Back's up this way.

    I see them all over on the Miss and the Sauk.. normally not that big.

    Cool pict's.
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    I had one swim up to the boat on Tonka this weekend. A big sucker too!

    I couldnt believe my eyes. I have always attributed the soft shells as more of a river turtle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biglakeba$$ View Post
    I had one swim up to the boat on Tonka this weekend. A big sucker too!

    I couldnt believe my eyes. I have always attributed the soft shells as more of a river turtle.
    Yeah, you see tons of them on the rivers. They are fast on land and even faster in the water.
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    Nice! almost looks like it is starting to dig a nest, probably not the best place, right on a path haha
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    We saw some soft shells fishing on Clearwater last weekend.
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    Lots of soft shells on the area lakes. Usually they don't let you get that close. Nice pictures.

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    By the look's of it.....It may be laying her eggs in the sand on the trail...
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    That's kinda what I thought too. There were several other holes dug in the area too, some even looked excavated by another animal.

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    Yeah, skunks and coons love fresh eggs!!!


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    That's kinda what I thought too. There were several other holes dug in the area too, some even looked excavated by another animal.
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    I caught one a few years back on the Crow. Kinda cool looking creatures. I dont think there as common as everyone says they are. A guy isnt tripping over them like the painters.

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    That one is huge!!
    I usually catch a few each year when I'm using cut bait for catfish. SOLID attitude!! Be careful if ya ever catch one. They have quite a reach and like Pete said, they can really move.

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