Florida softshell turtles remain common in many parts of their range, but populations are locally threatened due to habitat destruction and heavy harvesting. Despite large numbers removed from the wild in some places, Florida softshell turtles remain common in refuge areas and other areas less subject to harvest; their dispersal abilities may allow them to repopulate over-harvested or isolated habitats. Softshell turtles (Apalone) are sensitive to rotenone, a poison often used to collect and survey fish for population studies. Florida softshell turtles are subject to harvest regulations in states where they occur, but are not yet considered to be endangered or threatened on any Federal or State list. They are a Species of Concern in South Carolina. Unusual among turtles in general, Florida softshell turtles may be able to sustain a regulated harvest, and thus take pressure off more sensitive species (Meylan 2006).
US Federal List: no special status
CITES: no special status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: no special status
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