Central American Ornate Wood
the wild, they are strong herbivores, preferring plants, although they will take
in the occasional insects and worms.
Low to Mid 80's
Basking Temperature: High 80's to Low 90's
5.2 - 6.0
species living near wet forests, rain ponds and moist woodlands.
Southern Nicaragua and northern
pulcherrima manni are highly aquatic as hatchlings and while young,
but become more land-based as they get older. Mature Rhinoclemmys
pulcherrima manni frequent swimming areas, but spend most of their
time on long. A large dry, land area needs to be provided for them to scamper
about. UVB lighting and a heat lamp over the land area is required. A
submersible heater is also recommended. Their swimming area needs to be
relatively shallow, being deep enough to cover the top of the shell, plus about
1 inch. Filtration is a must for their water as they tend to pass waste more
frequently in the water.
Recommended size for a single adult Rhinoclemmys
pulcherrima manni would be a 55 gallon aquarium as a minimum (75
or larger preferred). This will provide adequate walking area as well as swimming area,
in addition to
assisting the filtration in maintaining good water quality. For additional Rhinoclemmys
pulcherrima manni, I would recommend adding
50 gallons of tank space per additional turtle at a minimum, opting for the long
versions of the aquarium as opposed to the high or "show" models.
Stock Tanks and Rubbermaid containers
work extremely well for this species of turtle. The same space recommendations remain
roughly the same, however, they require more space for walking, so height is not
a requirement, permitting they can not escape.
In captivity, they do well on
Mazuri, veggies, fruits, plants, crickets and occasional worms and insects.
Unlike other semi-aquatics, Rhinoclemmys
pulcherrima manni can be fed either on land or in the water.
pulcherrima manni make great turtles for community set-ups, as long
as the other turtles in the community are both from the same region, but also
have the same habitat requirements.
These turtles are well-tempered and
very sociable as well as intelligent. They are extremely personable turtles and
can be easily hand-fed.