Florida softshell turtles are mostly carnivorous, and both predaceous and scavenging. Typical foods include snails, insects, crustaceans, fish, amphibians, small turtles (Pseudemys, Sternotherus), snakes (Nerodia, Regina), and occasional aquatic birds. Vegetation and seeds sometimes occur in stomach contents. Small Florida softshell turtles eat many insects, but increase the number of snails and fish in the diet as they grow. Males may consume more snails, clams, and palm seeds than females, which may prefer fish or larger items. Florida softshell turtles conceal themselves in the sand at the bottom of lakes and ambush passing schools of fish. Perhaps because they eat carrion, Florida softshell turtles may be be more effected by pesticides than other aquatic turtles.
Animal Foods: birds; amphibians; reptiles; fish; carrion ; insects; mollusks; terrestrial worms; aquatic crustaceans
Plant Foods: leaves; seeds, grains, and nuts; algae
Primary Diet: carnivore (Piscivore , Insectivore , Eats non-insect arthropods, Molluscivore , Scavenger )