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Got some big 'uns this year

Post by TCRanch » Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:46 pm

We've had the ranch 13 years and I've never seen so many big softshell turtles. Record amounts of rain the past couple years but right now it's bone dry so not sure why they're coming up from the lake, ponds and creeks. This one's almost as big as a 5 gallon feed bucket. And NO, I did not pick it up.
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Re: Got some big 'uns this year

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:23 pm

TCRanch wrote:
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:46 pm
We've had the ranch 13 years and I've never seen so many big softshell turtles. Record amounts of rain the past couple years but right now it's bone dry so not sure why they're coming up from the lake, ponds and creeks. This one's almost as big as a 5 gallon feed bucket. And NO, I did not pick it up.
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Re: Got some big 'uns this year

Post by hurleyjd » Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:39 pm

TCRanch wrote:
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:46 pm
We've had the ranch 13 years and I've never seen so many big softshell turtles. Record amounts of rain the past couple years but right now it's bone dry so not sure why they're coming up from the lake, ponds and creeks. This one's almost as big as a 5 gallon feed bucket. And NO, I did not pick it up.
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Probable moving to lay eggs you would be surprised how far from the water they will go to lay eggs.

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Re: Got some big 'uns this year

Post by TCRanch » Tue Jun 09, 2020 4:22 pm

hurleyjd wrote:
Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:39 pm
TCRanch wrote:
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:46 pm
We've had the ranch 13 years and I've never seen so many big softshell turtles. Record amounts of rain the past couple years but right now it's bone dry so not sure why they're coming up from the lake, ponds and creeks. This one's almost as big as a 5 gallon feed bucket. And NO, I did not pick it up.
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Probable moving to lay eggs you would be surprised how far from the water they will go to lay eggs.
Did not know that. But I do know the females are larger than the males and the ones I've seen are whoppers so I bet you're right.

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Re: Got some big 'uns this year

Post by TCRanch » Tue Jun 09, 2020 4:23 pm

TennesseeTuxedo wrote:
Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:23 pm
TCRanch wrote:
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:46 pm
We've had the ranch 13 years and I've never seen so many big softshell turtles. Record amounts of rain the past couple years but right now it's bone dry so not sure why they're coming up from the lake, ponds and creeks. This one's almost as big as a 5 gallon feed bucket. And NO, I did not pick it up.
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Re: Got some big 'uns this year

Post by kenny thomas » Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:21 pm

They are great eating. And yes they are laying eggs. Here they started about a week ago.
My thoughts only, don't bet the farm on them. KT

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Re: Got some big 'uns this year

Post by sstterry » Wed Jun 10, 2020 5:05 am

They are laying eggs here also, I have seen two this week extremely far from water. And they are good eating (had a neighbor when I was growing up that would catch and clean them). As a boy, we used to search for their eggs in the creek. They are like a ping pong ball.

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Re: Got some big 'uns this year

Post by BRYANT » Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:27 pm

good eating right there
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