Vietnamese big-headed turtle (Platysternon megacephalum shiui)

Daniel Hortis

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I got this guy 2 years ago from a dealer. And it is likely to be a WC specimen.
It has a preference for dark environments and a massive number of hideouts. And it appeared to be very active at night. Indicating its nocturnal behavior.
It did a pretty good job under the provision of an omnivorous diet. Patterns have already been shown in his head and carapace.
Not growing very fast, but relatively health and fit.57dee3c98f75165a7625a1b8d0c8198.jpg71506aaecefdf5968bf3204d447ea8c.jpg26554406afccd389037fdcc75586e1b.jpg
 

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Very interesting turtle. someone turned one in to my rescue several years ago and I decided to keep it rather than adopt it out. Bad choice. I knew nothing about them and evidentally didn't provide the correct care. He never ate and eventually died. We have another member (that I know of) who has at least one of these turtles - @Jamesterelleturtles
 

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Very interesting turtle. someone turned one in to my rescue several years ago and I decided to keep it rather than adopt it out. Bad choice. I knew nothing about them and evidentally didn't provide the correct care. He never ate and eventually died. We have another member (that I know of) who has at least one of these turtles - @Jamesterelleturtles
And @harris too.
 

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I got this guy 2 years ago from a dealer. And it is likely to be a WC specimen.
It has a preference for dark environments and a massive number of hideouts. And it appeared to be very active at night. Indicating its nocturnal behavior.
It did a pretty good job under the provision of an omnivorous diet. Patterns have already been shown in his head and carapace.
Not growing very fast, but relatively health and fit.
beautiful. But China now has artificially bred offspring.
 

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Daniel Hortis

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That's really cool! I've been planning to find a mate for her when it come of age! I heard that there is a threshold for breeding these turtles and that it is difficult to have female spawn. Anyway, you've done an excellent job with that!
beautiful. But China now has artificially bred offspriing.

beautiful. But China now has artificially bred offspring.
 

Daniel Hortis

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Very interesting turtle. someone turned one in to my rescue several years ago and I decided to keep it rather than adopt it out. Bad choice. I knew nothing about them and evidentally didn't provide the correct care. He never ate and eventually died. We have another member (that I know of) who has at least one of these turtles
I'm sorry to hear about your experience with the turtle. It sounds like a challenging situation. If there's anything I can do to help or if you'd like more information for future care, please feel free to reach out.
 

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If the time is right I suggest you try Chinese subspecies,it’s smaller,smarter ,with highly adaptableand more textured,it can hibernation so it has a longer life then viet and thai subspecies,this 2 pic are my turtle.
 

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Daniel Hortis

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If the time is right I suggest you try Chinese subspecies,it’s smaller,smarter ,with highly adaptableand more textured,it can hibernation so it has a longer life then viet and thai subspecies,this 2 pic are my turtle.
Beautiful guy with brilliant patterns on the head! I have heard that the Chinese subspecies do have a better tolerance for comparatively higher water temperatures. I really want to get one and witness the development of their patterns, but the sources suck.
 

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