Softshell turtles are mostly carnivorous and commonly consume insects, molluscs, fish, crustaceans and amphibians, although a few species also eat plants or algae. They catch their food without the benefit of the sharp beak most turtles use, as they have fleshy lips covering their toothless jaws. Softshell turtles are, in turn, preyed upon by a wide variety of animals, particularly as eggs or juveniles.Know More
Softshell turtles are named for their leathery shells, which lack the normal keratin scutes that harden the shells of other groups of turtles. Their bone structure in support of the shells is also much reduced, and their ribs, normally bonded to the shell throughout their length, have free ends. Most of the toughness of the shell comes simply from thickened skin, and these turtles are much more vulnerable to incidental injury than others. Despite their reduced shells, they still have some ability to withdraw their limbs, and some even have flaps of skin that cover their rear legs while withdrawn.
Softshell turtles are highly aquatic species and spend most of their time underwater. They have elongated snouts that allow them to breathe air with minimal exposure, and they also have the capacity to perform gas exchange through their skin as amphibians do.Learn more about Turtles
Turtles like to eat fish, jellyfish, carrion and plant material. Other things turtles like to eat are small aquatic animals, such as frogs and salamanders. Some eat worms, insects and crustaceans. A turtle such as the common snapping turtle is omnivorous, eating both plant and animal material.Full Answer >
A turtle's diet depends on the species and whether it is held in captivity. For example, a wild turtle eats wild plants and small animals, such as insects and worms, while a pet turtle is typically fed a diet of store-bought produce, including cabbage, strawberries and carrots. Some pet turtles also eat proteins, such as guppies.Full Answer >
In the wild, painted turtles survive on a diet of algae, plants, aquatic insects, crustaceans and fish. Instead of adopting a sit-and-wait approach, the turtles forage along the bottom of the water body, flushing prey out into open water with exploratory strikes into the vegetation.Full Answer >
Mud turtles are an omnivorous species and eat such things as snails, aquatic invertebrates, carrion, tadpoles and vegetation in their habitat, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Since they spend much of their time in the water, they are able to feed from many types of plant matter.Full Answer >