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RE: Just acquired a really special turtle

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Posted by: Chrysemys at Tue Jan 20 05:28:56 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Chrysemys ]  
   

Hey there,

It looks like you identified him correctly, although I am not 100% sure. It is defintely some kind of Asian Leaf or Pond turtle. They just all look so similiar when they are young like that. If he is the "Grandis" he definitely is going to get big!

Either way, thier care is pretty much the same. Thier enclosures should consist of about 50/50 land and water. So, judging from the pics, I would add a larger water area with the depth just deep enough so he can rest on the bottom but still breathe. Also, I would up the temps. The water should be about 74-78 degrees. Then, on the land portion I would provide a basking area that is anywhere from 80-90 degrees. Concerning your question about lighting, I would suggest adding a UVB flourecent light like the Zoomed Repti-Sun 5.0 or 10.0. Turtles need UVB for vitamin D purposes.

It sounds like it is eating well. They are omnivores, so they eat both plant and protien matter. I would stick to what it likes. A few other things you may try are more greens like Romaine Lettuce, and pretty much any kind of fruits and veggies. It will just be a matter of trial and error to see what it prefers. Also, you can try crickets, fish, mealworms, and the turtle pellets you had been feeding him are fine.

Hope this helps!
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I am currently in the US Navy, so unfortunetly I have sold off my collection of herps. But over the years have kept many different species of turtles, geckos, lizards, amphibs, and even fish. Looking forward to getting back in the hobby once im out though!


   

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