All ranges are estimates Air Temperature: One of the very rare species where a basking platform in unnecessary. Prone to fungal infections which can rapidly kill it. I recommend inclusion of a strong brand name commercial tortoise or box turtle food Mazuri, ZooMed, etc… with Vit. D3 is necessary so consider a quality Vit. Flavia said her's like aquatic plants like water lettuce , and she recommended they be part of the diet.
Menikos suggested Spirulina algae wafers. MacLeod knew of 2 F. For an extensive discussion, check out Carettochelys. After 6 months, switch to every other day feeding. These recommendations were devised for North American aquatic species ranging from red-eared sliders who progress from predominantly carnivorous hatchlings to predominantly herbivorous omnivorous adults to musk turtles who remain predominantly carnivorous.
Habitat water bodies tend to have forested banks1. Water bodies may also have fallen trees and branches, undercut banks, exposed tree roots and litter accumulation for cover2. It only occurs in rivers of high pH, high conductivity and high alkalinity.
This means very stable, very clear water. No land area or basking spot is required, although providing a resting area near the surface is recommended. A UV-Sterilizer may be considered for lowering microbe concentrations in the water Stephen Menikos considered this helpful.
You will need either high-end commercial filtration like pond filters or consider custom do-it-yourself options. One Consultant opined some F. Be warned a substrate can complicate enclosure hygiene. Non-abrasive gravel is one choice. Flavia used large outdoor enclosures with hide areas but no substrate. Jan Matiaska finds sand too much trouble to wash except in smaller tanks. The importance of non-abrasive substrate has been called into question.
He uses hard water around pH 7. They are particularly susceptible to fungal white-spot Sphagnalium sp. He lost one to rapid onset SCUD in spite of antibiotic intervention after about years, an impressive time frame with a delicate species. Flavia noted persistent infection believed bacterial in a pair she acquired with infected originally believed fungal shell borders; despite treatment efforts, when treatment stops, the infection recurs be sure any F.
After a water change the irritation clears up in hours. In one case failure to correct the water quality for about a month resulted in a nasty infection.
Be mindful that Carettochelys. Little blood vessels can be seen just underneath the plastron's surface. He said his turtle's general condition shell, etc seemed much better in a neutral to alkaline situation. When the water got a bit acidic it tended to look a bit stressed. Maxx has known F.
These animals live on crushed and jagged limestone in fast flowing rivers in the wild. They are not that delicate if in good condition. Personally I tend not to use crushed shell, I think it looks bad and can have sharp edges, but it is widely used and certainly cheaper than coral. In summary, wild FRT's hail from habitat with abrasive content but hard, alkaline water which is more 'sterile' than the softer, more neutral pH waters many of us are familiar with.
In the minimum, the turtle may have to tuck its head in to sit facing forward! A proper enclosure could weigh a few tons, so planning must include flooring capable of supporting it.
Aquariums in this size range will be acrylic. Well-known for strong aggression towards its own species although some have success with small groups in huge enclosures , and dangerous to other turtles. He believes this aggression begins quicker with turtles who resemble F. Menikos also advised no mixing.
Aggressive behavior can be sneaky. Captive hatchlings are reputedly slow-growing per one source1, but see Hatchling Care for a different opinion! Hatchlings initially have an extremely soft plastron2. Don't overfeed high-protein foods. GROWTH Jan Matiaska knowledgeable about the species charted the growth of 4 young juveniles not 'power fed' a high-protein diet from through All 4 started out around 7. Growth occurred a fairly constant rate through , at which point they ranged from One 'middle' specimen's measurements were 6.
Flavia said they sleep the whole afternoon and are active at night and early morning, cruising and playing mainly at night!
He noted some like a head rub in the water; your mileage may vary but be careful. Eric Olsen noted juveniles don't routinely "cruise" in the water column as the adults do, but usually stay on the bottom and are inactive much of the time; MacLeod on the other hand has found even the young to be fairly active.
Availability in the Hobby: Captive breeding is very rare so assume the acquisition is wild-caught or hatched from a wild-harvested egg unless known otherwise.
Tropical species that does not hibernate. Useful Online Resources Carettochelys. Includes adult male vs. They also feature this photo gallery. A Few Pig-nosed Pictures. This book seems out-of-stock at major online suppliers right now.
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