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Discussion in 'Terrestrial turtles' started by juli11, Jan 31, 2016.

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  1. juli11

    juli11 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    I'm wondering if somebody here keep this species? And I'm interning in to see the enclosures of them!
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    juli11 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Nobody keep them?
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    I used to. I don't have them anymore. I kept them in a mostly aquatic setup with about 7 inches of water and lots of submerged branches and logs. They paddled and lumbered about quite happily. Kept them that way for about 5 years.

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    juli11 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Okay do you still have a picture of the setup? Do you breed them?
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    I don't know that I have any pictures of the set up. I have pictures of the turtles in the tank, but when I took the pictures the focus was on the turtles. And they are prints- I'll have to see if I can scan them and then post them up here.

    No, I never had any luck breeding them. I didn't really have a whole lot of knowledge about the species back then, and I didn't really try to get them to reproduce either.

    --Berkeley
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    juli11 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Ah okay thank you. Hopefully someone of this forum keep this species at the moment and can post something about them!
    To keep them shouldn't be very difficult but I want to know how much water/land and something about diet.
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    I keep them. I keep them in a half-land, half-water enclosure with my R.p.manni group. I've gotten lots of eggs from them, but haven't had any luck hatching them. I've recently been advised that they need a period of diapause from 1-3 months, so I'm hoping to give that a try this fall when they start laying again.
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    Here's what my enclosure looks like.

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    juli11 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Thank you! At the moment there are no animals available..
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    So long searching but I found animals. The group is 1,3. 1,1 is sudadult 0,2 full adult. They're not with me at the moment I'll get them at the Hamm show 10.12.16.
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    There is an adult breeding pair on the public FB turtle/tortoise classifieds page. I think charging 300
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    juli11 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    So my group arrived yesterday. Beautiful acclimatized LTC animals.
    They're still eating. ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1481469546.601145.jpg
    This here is the tank of them. I use black tee for making the water "black" and imitating the Amazonas.
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    I'll make another "earthbox" for them so that they have more land.
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    nice turtles , I used to have some , I like them a lot , wish I had room to have them again , or would have neverhad to have gotten rid of them ....... you can add an organic , natural , peat moss to your filter and achieve the stained water with the actual effects of the organics .........
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    Never heard of using black tea. What's the thought process with that? Peat moss and Almond Leaves work well too.
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    Yes but I'm not a friend of leaves from the outside. And normal peat moss make the water dirty and I only want black water.
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    It's the exact same. Teas, almond leaves, peat, oak leaves, cypress, etc, all produce the tannins in higher amounts than many other plants do.

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    it has always appeared to me that peat moss was a long term stable way to create softer more acidic water .......... i would suppose you could achieve similar effects with enough black tea leaves over time , but i would initially worry about the caffeine , it may not be an issue , i just don't know how much would initially be introduced , and its affect on a turtle ........
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    Yeah. I guess my hesitation isn't really backed up by any evidence. Just would be worried about using tea.
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