The softshell turtle habitat

The softshell turtle lives in rivers, lakes, swamps, and marshes in Japan, Taiwan, the Korean Peninsula, China, Russia, and Southwest and Southeast Asia. Some species favor brackish and seawater habitats. There are species that are neither completely aquatic nor completely terrestrial. Nevertheless, there are non-reproductive species that do not land other than to breed, as well as ambulatory varieties that move among aquatic domains and hibernate in muddy locales ideal for spending the winter.

The largest specimen currently observable is about 35 centimeters in shell diameter. Unlike common tortoises, the shell is soft and contains a region called the "Emperor's area" that is extremely rich in collagen.

The softshell turtle is well-known for the power of its bite. A common Chinese saying holds that "once a bite taken, even thunder cannot tear it away." Softshell turtles are by nature very cautious creatures. Unless one provokes the turtle or otherwise provides a reason for it to attack you, it is harmless.

This turtle is an omnivore by nature, eating everything from fish to crustaceans, shellfish, insects, and kelp.
The softshell turtles are oviparous. They fertilize around April and lay eggs not long after. Softshell turtle eggs measure about 1 cm in diameter. They commonly lay between 8-12 eggs about three to four times a year. The eggs are slightly smaller than ping-pong balls, and hatch in about 50 days.

Softshell turtles like warm places, exhibiting the most active behavior in conditions around 30 degrees. Conversely, once the temperature drops below 15 degrees they hibernate.