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3 to 5 Years


Indonesian snake neck turtle

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australian snake neck turtle

Sexing and Characteristics:

Males are smaller than females, males have a larger tail with the vent being closer to the tip

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Substrate and Water Needs:

I do not advise using a partical substrate like gravel or sand as there is the risk of acidental ingestion.
large sheets of smooth edged slate are good or kitchen tile, some use river rock which seems to work well.
this turtle is quite secrative and should be provided with multiple hides like caves or bog wood, plants should be provided for cover, live or artificial they both work well as snake necks seldom eat vegitation.

Lighting and UVB:

A high quality source of UVB light is essential for the health of the turtle, be sure that no glass, plastic etc comes between the UVB source and the turtles enclosure as this wil block out the much needed rays. a 5.0 UVB output tube is aceptable.
an ordinairy spot light bulb should be positioned above a land area for basking purposes. all lights should be left on for 12-14 houres each day, the UVB source should be no further than 12" away from the waters surface to ensure optimum efficiency.

Temperatures and Humidity:

The water temperature should be aprox. 25-27 c which can fall a few degrees at night. an aquarium heater thermostat should be used to reach these temperatures. be sure that it is well protected so the turtle cannot burn its self or damage it.
the basking temperature should be aprox. 30c

Heating and Equipment:

As previously mentioned a well protected aquarium heater thermostat is needed as well as a very powerful filteration system that does twice the water capacity stated for use with fish. this can be in the form of internal power filters, external power filters, or if your tank is very large an out door pond filter can be used. all filteration should run 24/7 apart from cleaning and/or maintanence.
lighting equipment has already been explaned.
an aquarium air pump may also be used to aid the oxgen exchange process but it is not essential.
any water added to the turtles tank or used to clean filters should be treated with a dechlorinating product so benificial bacteria in the filter medium is not killed.

Caging Provided:

Snake neck turtles require a large tank, it should be 5 x as long as the turtles shell length, 2.5 - 3 x as wide as the turles shell and the water should be deep enough so the turtle can stand on its back legs and reach the surface for air.
the land or basking area does not have to be very large or elaberate as these turtles donít bask as ofen as other aquatic chelonia. i find a picese of bog wood suspended at the waterís surface with garden wire works well.
a shelf or raised platform under water should also be included as this species enjoys basking under water.
be sure that the turtle cannot escape itís tank, a mesh lid works well.
all glass aquariums seem to be the most populare with this spieces as they make viewing the turtles easy, another method is to house the turtles in a large indoor pond, the fibreglass type work well.



Description of Diet:

This turtle will eat feeder fish (life or dead) avoid gold fish as they are very high in fat. it will also eat live insect food on the placed surface of the water, such as chrickets, locusts and the occasional wax worm, avoid meal worms as their hard body is difficult to digest.
aquatic snails will also be eaten and are a good source of calcium.
some turtles will acept commercial turtle pellets such as reptomin and zoomed aquatic turtle food. but others will not touch the stuff.
as previously mentioned these guys will seldom eat vegitation.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

Any live insect food should be gut loaded with hight quality chricket food and veggies, a piece of cuttle fish bone my also be places in the tank for egg laying females to ingest extra calcium.


The filters should be cleaned periodicaly in dechlorinated water to presurve bacteria. 50% of the water should be changed every two weeks and a complete water change done very few months.

Some Words on this Species:

This spieces is not for begginers as it is quite demanding, the females also get very large and soon out grow the average aquarium, reaching a maximum length of 12". the males are somewhat smaller.
care should be taken when handling this spieces, although not considered agressive towards humans its very long neck could easily reach back and bite you.
this turtle is generally not a good mixer and should not be kept with different spices.
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