Soft-Shelled Turtle

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Soft-Shelled Turtle
Soft-Shelled Turtle NH.png
Scientific name
Pelodiscus maackii
(Amur softshell turtle)
Trionychidae (softshell turtles)
Months available August to September
February to March (Southern Hemisphere in NH)
Times available 4 PM to 9 AM
Location River
Size 30 cm
Shadow size Medium
Rarity Uncommon
Sell price 3,750 Bells
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese スッポン
Simplified Chinese 
French Tortue trionyx
Spanish Tortuga caparazón blando
Italian Apalone ferox
Russian Трионикс

Korean 자라
Traditional Chinese 
Quebec French Tortue trionyx
Latin American Spanish Tortuga caparazón blando
German Weichschildkröte
Dutch Weekschildpad

The Soft-Shelled Turtle[nb 1] is a river fish in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It can be found during August and September from 4 PM to 9 AM.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


Soft-Shelled Turtle
"I caught a soft-shelled turtle! I can really shell it out!"

Alternate catchphrase: "I caught a soft-shelled turtle! Don't suffer shell shock!"

Times Aug – Sep: 4 PM – 9 AM
Peak Times
Location River
Shadow Size Medium
Fish Size 30cm
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 3,750 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Horizons[edit]


Soft-Shelled Turtle
"I caught a soft-shelled turtle! I should take a shellfie!"

Alternate catch quote(s): "I caught a soft-shelled turtle! It's more sensitive than other turtles."

Time of Year North: Aug – Sep
South: Feb – Mar
Time of Day 4 PM – 9 AM
Location River
Shadow Size Large
Total Catch 20
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 3750 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 5625 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

"These relatives of common turtles will not let go when they decide to bite down on something. Although they can be quite shy, they will become a bit aggressive when threatened. They are often found in water and are very good swimmers because of the flat shape of their shells. They swim with their snouts over the surface of the water so they can breathe. Soft-shelled turtles aren't safe to hold because they are so prone to biting at the slightest movement. However, if one bites down on you, it will usually let go when you put it safely back in the water."

In New Horizons[edit]

Upon donation or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers will say:

"The soft-shelled turtle is not one to shy away from biting when provoked. In addition to its powerful bite, this little critter has the ability to breathe both above and below water! It has an unusually long neck which it uses for both breathing and biting. Come to think of it, how did you manage to avoid being bitten? Well, it's a fearsome critter, but just look at that face! Rather silly, wot?"


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese スッポン
Soft-shelled turtle

Korean 자라
soft-shelled turtle

Simplified Chinese
turtle (specifically freshwater turtle)

Russian трионикс
soft-shelled turtle (lit. "trionyx" a type of soft-shelled turtle)

Dutch weekschildpad soft-shell turtle (lit. "terrapin")

German Weichschildkröte Soft-shell turtle (lit. "soft turtle")

European Spanish tortuga caparazón blando soft-shell turtle

European French Tortue trionyx trionyx turtle (trionyx being a type of soft-shelled turtle)

Italian apalone ferox apalone ferox (scientific name for the Florida softshell turtle)


  1. Japanese: スッポン Hepburn: Suppon