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Posted by Maxx MacLeod on May 03, 2003 at 17:25:22:

In Reply to: Temple turtle care?.... posted by Rick on May 02, 2003 at 13:35:02:

Rick-- If the species you're talking about is the same one that "bloomindaedalus" mentioned, H. annandalei (Yellow Headed Temple Turtle), I can tell you how to care for them. They are aquatic plant eaters. They aren't great swimmers and they prefer shallow water. In the wild, they simply sit in shallow swamps and chow in vegetation. They'll eat nearly anything green and they love fruit (ie., lettuce, broccoli, asparagus, tomatoes, mellons, grapes, banana, etc., etc.). If you're lucky, you can get them to take a low protein trout chow and use that as the primary food, supplementing with greens and fruits. These guys are tough as nails...although males don't get along well together. The average size of an adult is around 20 or 25 pounds. Most often, imports are around 6 inches in length...babies. You can't confidently sex them until they're around 10 inches in shell length. I hope that helps! --Maxx


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