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Posted by tortvet on November 10, 2002 at 15:16:06:
In Reply to: Tortvet...a bit off the forum topic... posted by K.Price on November 09, 2002 at 17:49:54:
:you have any idea how much Malayemys subtrijuga turts would
Yes. Not very much at all, at least in the animal markets of China according to the report by Battke/Newsted (this extremely thorough report can be found via a direct link from the home page of the World Chelonian Trust).
I'm not sure if Bushmaster Reptiles could pick some up for you nor the cost but I would try there. I've been impressed by the animals that have come out of there. Turtle Town in Chicago is another good option.
BE AWARE THOUGH- this is not an easy species whatsoever!!! This is actually the Holy Grail in my experience in terms of trying to adapt them to captivity. I've worked on animals for the Turtle Survival Alliance from the Hong Kong confiscation as well as animals with wonderful colleagues in Thailand and they are extremely, extremely difficult to adapt to captive conditions. They are snail eaters obviously and their parasite loads have always been massive and hydration status always abysmal when I have worked with them. Cuora galbinifrons, one of the most difficult chelonian species around, are literally a cakewalk compared to these. So please beware.
I haven't tackled them myself because I'm already spread way too thin but would encourage extremely dedicated keepers to try to establish them in captivity.
Ps. Closeup of the face of a M. subtrijuga above.