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Red-bellied Side-necked Turtle

Emydura (albertsii) subglobosa

  • Family: Chelidae
  • Adult Size: Up to 10 inches in length.
  • Range: Widely through New Guinea and has been found on the south side of the strait of Australia's Cape York Peninsula.
  • Habitat: Tropical.
  • Captive Lifespan: More than 20 Years
  • Dangerous:
  • Care Level: Intermediate

Overview

The red-bellied side-necked turtle readily accepts fish, worms and tadpoles. Although very aquatic, this turtle will bask if given the opportunity.

Adequate space is important. One or two small, red-bellied side-necked turtles could properly live in at least a 55 gallon breeder size tank, but more space is always preferable. Cleanliness is essential for the health of the turtles. Enclosures should be cleaned frequently. Some species may be kept outside (year-round or during the summer, depending upon the climate). For haulout areas, a few limb sections wedged into place and protruding well above the water in the center of the tank are ideal in most cases.

Warmth--especially in the form of a basking area--is very important. Red-bellied side-necked turtles enjoy basking temperatures ranging from 84 to 94 degrees Fahrenheit. Water temperatures between 72 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit are fine. Vitamin D and calcium supplements, used in conjunction with full-spectrum lighting, will give turtles a better chance at good health.

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