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Discussion in 'Water turtles' started by harris, Apr 25, 2019.

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  1. harris

    harris Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    The fantastic little beasts arrived 2 days ago. Kept separate, they're now eating and have acclimated well. Even at this less than 6 months yr's of age, they will aggressively attack each other, which is why they will always be kept by themselves. I learned my lesson the hard way almost 30yrs ago.
    One of the most prehistoric and coolest of all. It's head is so massive that it's unable to withdraw it in any way. As they grow and mature, they grow a "shell" that covers the top of its' entire head. They are horrible swimmers but the very best at climbing. And pulling themselves up fast running brooks at high elevations. I'll bet you can guess why the tail is so long? The Chinese Big Headed turtle.....

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    They are adorable. And congratulations.
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    Beautiful turtles.
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  4. Moozillion

    Moozillion Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    WOW!!!! GORGEOUS!!!
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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    I had one years ago but didn't really know how to care for it and it didn't make it.
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    Love this species. Had one 30 years ago at the store where I worked. Could have had it for $20.

    Congrats on acquiring them. Hope to see many more pics in the future.

    Tell us how you are housing them and what they are eating?
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    So cool, thanks for sharing!
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    harris Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    They're being housed in 20 gal aquariums, loaded with plastic plants for cover. The water depth is @ 1" - 1 1/2". The ambient temp on that side of the basement is 70-72 F. Powersun lighting is at each end. I use white t-shirts over the tops which keeps the water at a perfect 66-68 F, yet they're also "breatheable" as air exchange is a must for this species.
    They're being fed ZooMed aqua sticks, Mazuri hatchling pellets, bloodworms and earthworms. They go insane over the earthworms. It's funny; the two couldn't be more opposite of one another. While one stays nestled in and moving through the plants, the other spends its' time in the open end just waiting for me to enter the room. They both have quite the appetite.

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    Moozillion Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    WOW!!! GREAT set ups!
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    Like some of the others I had one of these 35+ years ago and they arrived in the US in terrible shape. Shell rot, stumped tails and the like.
    Mine did pretty well and ate like a champ. I cleared up the shell rot and the tail healed cleanly, but I was clearly keeping it too warm.
    Eventually I sent it to a friend up north who had experience in keeping cool water species.
    Since that experience I shied away from Platysternon although they are high on my dream list.
    BTW... I think I paid 20 bucks for the one I had.
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    Congratulations. Very exciting!
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    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator 10 Year Member!

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    Neat looking specimens the original does not play well with others turtle. I imagine you paid slightly more than 20$ for them. Congratulations on the aquisition
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