Species group: Softshell and Pignose Turtles
Other common names: Asiatic Soft Shelled Turtle
Scientific name: Pelodiscus sinensis
The Chinese Softshell Turtle is an aquatic turtle which is native to China, Taiwan, Korea, Manchuria, North Vietnam and Japan. In Asia it has long been used as a food, largely consumed as turtle soup, and for its supposed medicinal benefits. Because of its commercial value, millions of Chinese Softshell Turtles are raised in turtle farms each year. It is also a popular pet, especially in Europe.
Appearance / health:
The Chinese Softshell Turtle is a member of the Softshell Turtle family (Trionychidae). Softshell Turtles have carapaces which are leathery and pliable, and which lack horny scutes (scales). The Chinese Softshell Turtle has a long snout and tubelike nostrils. When resting, it lies at the bottom, buried in sand or mud, and is able to lift its head to breathe air or grab prey.
turtle soup, great pet, human interaction, small inquisitive children
water temperature, clean his tank, brackish water
Chinese softshell turtle - My experience
I must start by saying that my experience with this kind of turtle wasn't the best, that doesn't necessarily means yours will be the same.
I bought my turtle from the pet store, where the lady working there didn't informe me about all the right conditions that the animal should live in. Therefore, I never knew they adapt the best when in brackish water. That resulted in the turtle being sick and getting fungus on its shell which turned out to be fatal. The lifetime of the turtle was a couple of months, and while it was alive, it had quite an aggressive behavior.
Overall, i'd consider it as an extremely vulnerable reptile and only recommended for someone that will do all the research needed to provide the turtle its necessary conditions..
From maryww Jan 20 2015 6:46AM