palludarium setup, communal tropical tank, sweet little creature, great gusto
semi aquatic animals
An acrobat from day one. . .
A little info about my Chinese Golden Tread Turtle. First point he is actually Chinese, they are an endangered species out here but from pollution not poaching they are very popular in the pet shops. Mine is currently living in a palludarium setup, they are semi aquatic animals and just because they are small doesn't mean they don't like a lot of space.
My little Ming is quite the stunner, in the first few minutes of entering the mixed land and water communal tropical tank he had climbed and dived off cliff 3 times, he quickly explored the whole tank with great gusto and strength and makes full use of it all which is why I say even at a young age they need their space, he only paddles on the top of the water so doesn't bother the fish although I saw one of them check out his shell. He does however sleep for most of the day dug into the mud, I'm sure many leave them exposed in their tank but lets try and push for more natural habitats eh! Please research Paludariums
About the animals:
They are generally recommended to have an area they can dry off completely to limit fungal infections some ventilation helps.
They are in fact omnivores and need about 30% protein in their diet, he enjoys munching on some living bait and the odd worm.
They are cold blooded animals and require heated water and potentially a heat lamp depending on the size of your land, many use lamps for the drying zones.
Watch out for things on the land or the water that could get them stuck etc.
I have heard they are harder to get in Europe & USA but I would reccomend this sweet little creature! Even sleeping all day, its worth it when you hear splash and see him swimming back to climb up the cliff again : ).
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