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Origin: This animal originates from North America.
Size And Longevity: This animal gets 3 to 4 inches in size and can live up to 30 or 40 years or more in captivity.
Habitat And Caging Requirements:
These are a very fascinating animal to own as a pet, the best way to raise these turtles I have found is to offer them live foods such as they are use to eating in the wild as soon as your’ new pet arrives, in the wild they are use to beginning their feeding with slugs, small fish, frogs, and many small insects, in captivity this diet is best supplemented with meal worms, and super worms which can be purchased with your’ turtle right here at Reptile City when you order your’ turtle, this is a very beautiful animal, it is usually gray to black black with yellow lightning stripes on it’s neck and head, and three light stripes running down the top of the carapace, and the underbelly of the carapace is usually a bright yellow.
You can decorate the tank with wood, live plant’s, aquarium sand or gravel about 3 to 4 inches deep and medium size to large size gravel does best, as babies you have time to start out with a small setup at first, this species seems to do best in a tropical like aquarium setup, I would also suggest a submersible heater and a submersible filter, it will take at least a 30 to 40 gallon tank for 2 adult, also add something to climb up on such as a rock to get it’s head above the water to breath and bask, as adults they do best in an amphibious setup with part land and part water, or you can start 2 or 3 babies out in a small 10 or 15 gallon tank, this makes for a great first time turtle due to it’s small size and makes a great pick for the beginner or if you would like to try your’ hand at breeding turtles but don’t have a lot of room then this is your’ pick.
Temperature And Lighting Requirements:
You want to use low wattage bulbs’ for best results’ to avoid over heating of your’ pet as over heating could cause your’ pet to dehydrate, these animals’ seem to fair well at temperatures of (75 to 88 degrees F.) their should also be a basking area for your pet, you can also use full spectrum fluorescent lighting, and if kept indoors I would also suggest UVB lighting as well.
Feeding And Nutrition:
For feeding your’ pet, these animals are primarily carnivorous and in the wild the feed on fish, mollusk, and small insects, as pets they fair well on fish, super worms, meal worms, and night crawlers, and crickets as they get older they will eat some green vegetables but as babies start them out on live foods only and you will have no problem with them not eating.
Handling And Care:
“Alright for the care and handling of your pet”, I know these guys’ are so cute that your’ going to want to handle them all the them time right?, but when you first get them it is a good idea put them in their new home and mostly enjoy watching them get use to their new home and feed them well for at least a couple of day’s which is really a good idea for any new pet that you get of any kind and then gradually start too handle them from time to time, this is called acclimating your’ animal which cut’s down stress which in turn make’s you have a happier healthier pet, after that handle them gradually to tame them, they seem too be pretty docile, the good thing is that these are babies so you will have plenty of time to tame them.