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Softshell Turtle Eastern Spiny behavior

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Eastern Spiny Soft Shell Turtles prefer habitats that include sandbars, so that they can bask and breed. Usually, they are found in lakes or rivers that have sandy bottoms. At night, Eastern Spiny Soft Shells often partially bury themselves in sand or mud to sleep. They are active during the day and are mainly aquatic. They hunt by actively foraging for food or by grabbing it out of the water as it swims by them. Eastern Spiny Soft Shell Turtles can use their long noses to breathe without leaving the water, simply using them like snorkels. Although these turtles can stay underwater for up to five hours, they often do not submerge themselves for more than 20 minutes at a time. Eastern Spiny Soft Shells spend the winters, usually from November to April, buried in mud.

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