Eurasian semi-aquatic turtles share similar characteristics yet exhibit an amazing array of lifestyles, colors and sizes. In general terms, they may be compared to North America’s Sliders, Map, and Painted Turtles. Some of the smaller species have long been popular pets, while several large ones have been driven to near extinction by the food and Chinese traditional medicine trades. In the right hands, captive breeding and longevities of 30+ years may be expected.