Freshwater turtles live in freshwater: rivers, lakes, swamps. These turtles almost all the time spend in the water, only occasionally getting out on the land or the shallows to bask in the sun.

Freshwater turtles are very mobile, feed on animal food. There are several popular types of freshwater turtles for keeping at home:

  • Pond slider turtle (Trachemys scripta)
  • European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis)
  • Chinese or far Eastern Softshell turtle (Pelodiscus sinensis)

The content of the red-eared terrapins

Red-bellied turtle as well as other species of freshwater turtles are kept in an aquarium, at least 25% of the area of ​​which must be laid aside for land. The recommended volume of an aquarium for an adult is 100-150 liters. As a land, you can use soil or gravel, large stones, on which the turtle will be comfortable to get warm. The water level in the aquarium should be no less than the breadth of the tortoise shell, and the water temperature should not be below 20 ° C.

Water must be necessarily clean and stable. Change the water should be at least 1-2 times a week. To keep the water warm you need to put the aquarium with a turtle in a warm place or install a special heater. In addition, turtles need a source of heat (incandescent lamp) and dosed ultraviolet light. Feeding red-bellied turtles can be crustaceans, shrimps, worms, insects, tadpoles, small freshwater snails. Feeding young turtles to two years is necessary daily, and older - 2-3 times a week. The menu of turtles should not be monotonous. You can alternate the feed monthly. Red-eared turtles also eat vegetarian food, for example, duckweed, sea cabbage, spirogir, edogonia, dandelions, cabbage, salad.

Red-bellied turtles can grow to a length of 28-30 cm, live an average of 30-40 years.

The content of the European marsh turtle

For these turtles you need an aquarium larger - 150-200 liters. The aquarium should contain a "dry land" that occupies half or a third of the total area of ​​the aquarium. The depth of the water for the marsh tortoise should be small. It is enough 10-20 cm to change the water often. The water temperature in the aquarium should be 18-25 ° C. As well as red-eared, swamp turtles need an incandescent lamp and a source of ultraviolet light. It is possible to irradiate ultraviolet turtles periodically, or you can install a source of ultraviolet radiation that emits small, safe doses of UV rays all the time.

To feed the European swamp turtles can be a shallow river or sea fish, including live. Also, turtles will eat earthworms, snails, shrimp, various insects, pieces of meat, special feed for turtles. Swamp turtles even eat food for cats and dogs. Adult turtles can eat vegetarian food, such as cabbage, carrots, banana. Feed young turtles need daily, and adults - 2-3 times a week.

European marsh turtles grow to 12-35 cm in length, and their weight can reach one and a half kilograms. Marsh turtles live 30-40 years, but there are specimens that live 80 years.

The content of the Chinese Softshell (far Eastern turtle)

  The aquarium for this species of freshwater turtles should be even more than for the previous two - from 250 liters per adult turtle. The land should be at least 20% of the total area of ​​the aquarium. The trionics require a water temperature of approximately 26 ° C. Since the Chinese trionics receive a part of oxygen from the water, it is necessary to install in the aquarium aeration and filtration of water. Water for the Far Eastern tortoise should either be defended or purified of chlorine impurities by special preparations. Just like the previous two types of trionics, an incandescent lamp (+ 30-32 ° C per lamp) and an ultraviolet source are needed.

The diet of Chinese trionics is all the same as in the diet of the European swamp turtle.

The Far-Eastern tortoise has powerful jaws and an evil character, so its bites can be quite painful. Therefore, take these turtles in hand, firmly holding the back of the shell.

Far Eastern turtles grow up to 20-25 cm in length and live up to 25 years.

10 years I have lived pond slider turtle,every autumn she fell asleep and woke up in the spring,but this spring she couldn't Wake up and lost a lot of weight,didn't eat anything out neck and opened his mouth widely,and melted on glazah,during the week she week she died and not starting to eat. what her happened who can say,since I again want to make such a miracle!

For 10 years I had a red turtle, every autumn she fell asleep and woke up in the spring, but this spring she could not wake up and very thin, did not eat anything, stretched her neck and opened her mouth wide, and melted at the glauches, in a week after a week she died and did not start eating. that snow has happened, who can say, since I want to start such a miracle again!

Well, I do not know, I also have red-eared turtles, but they are only 10 months old and they did not eat turtle food, but they ate fish food. They did not eat on the first day of February, I do not remember exactly when they stopped eating, but I remember that in the winter they stopped eating, but in what month I do not remember.

bought a peranu = D planted to a tortoise =) the turtle does not eat jelly. and a night hunter's perenya. Do not eat at night tortoise =). who knows write. or plant?

It is better to put it out because the turtle can eat piranhas and piranha can eat turtle.

Help! My turtles have such a rare habit that the most interesting is that the male stood in front of the muzzle and waves his forepaws, but the female runs away from the male. Sometimes the female waves its forepaws, but the male does not run away. This is a very incomprehensible habit! For example, I think that this is a marriage game of red-bellied turtles.

Help! My turtles have such a rare habit that the most interesting is that the male stood in front of the muzzle and waves his forepaws, but the female runs away from the male. Sometimes the female waves its forepaws, but the male does not run away. This is a very incomprehensible habit! For example, I think that this is a marriage game of red-bellied turtles.

They are still young))))))))

I know, but I'm honest. When they were bought by me they were 3 months old and then in one or two weeks they got up like this in the very depths, under the island, and the more often it was done by the male. And they are not young but children. What would they become young should be that they were 2-3 years old!

I know, but I'm honest. When they were bought by me they were 3 months old and then in one or two weeks they got up like this in the very depths, under the island, and the more often it was done by the male. And they are not young but children. What would they become young should be that they were 2-3 years old!

I have a year live 2 marsh turtle. they do not grow. as was 5 cm ,during the year, not grown up..don't know why. (fed special food for turtles).They did not sleep in the winter..bought 1 turtle but I hesitate to plant a little. last larger. a little more than the palm of your hand.

I also have a marsh, half a year somewhere, centimeters 5 now, originally was san-ra 3! He eats a lot, always attacks on food like it is not fed at all, grown up very quickly! She initially initially as soon as I put her in the terrarium, the shell began to bloom, how to clean it? Tried to wipe a soft cloth, bites me 🙂

bought a newly born turtle, she still with her eyes closed and does not eat anything, than to feed her?

Good afternoon, my brother on the beach on May 3 nashchol small turtle problem in that I do not know what to feed her the size of a matchbox or even less