Spiny softshell turtle nests are often destroyed by raccoons, skunks, and foxes. Young softshell turtles are eaten by raccoons, herons, and large fish. Adults are killed and eaten only by humans, they have few natural predators. When bothered, spiny softshell turtles will extend their long necks and snap viciously at their attacker, inflicting a painful bite. They are shy and will quickly dive and hide under mud and sand to avoid predators.
- raccoons (Procyon_lotor)
- striped skunks (Mephitis_mephitis)
- red foxes (Vulpes_vulpes)
- herons (Ardeidae)
- large predatory fish (Actinopterygii)
- humans (Homo_sapiens)
Anti-predator Adaptations: cryptic
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