6" - 8"
10" - 12"
An omnivorous turtle, but hatchlings
and males tend to be more carnivorous feeding on insects, larvae, worms,
crustaceans, and carrion, but will take in variety of water vegetation.
Females and older turtles will be
to mid 80s F
Mid 80s F to mid 90s F
Mid 70s F to mid 80s F
Slow-moving creeks, swamps, ponds,
lakes, and rivers at low elevations. Ocadia sinensis can tolerate a wide
range of temperatures from the cooler northern ranges of China and Taiwan to the
hot tropical regions of Southeast Asia.
Taiwan, southern coastal provinces of
China including Hainan Island, Northern Vietnam and parts of Laos
Captive-bred specimens usually acclimate readily to proper enclosures and be
fairly parasite-free. Imported wild-caught Chinese Golden Threads require
deparasitization which may be outside the newcomer’s experience or desire and
must consult a reptile veterinarian
An enthusiastic basking turtle that
often spends most of the day basking. A heat lamp and UVB light source are
essential. A submersible heater is recommended, but they can withstand cool
temperatures when kept in an outdoor pond. It is recommended that they be
over-wintered indoors. Some specimens may hibernate as well, but it is not
adult males, a minimum 55 gallon tank or larger, while females should
have at least a 75 gallon tank. They are reasonably good swimmers and the
water should be fairly deep, albeit with driftwood or other ‘tank furniture’ to
provide resting areas near the surface. Ocadia sinensis are excellent
turtles for ponds habitats and easy to care for
Hatchlings will feed on insects, worms, dried shrimp, dried fish, turtle/fish
pellets and water vegetation. Adults tend to be more herbivorous and will take
in Anacharis, water lettuce, duckweed, other aquatic plants and varied
leafy greens such as dandelions, romaine lettuce, kale, collards greens and etc.
Always keep leafy greens or aquatic vegetation in the tank and feed turtle
pellets sparingly two or three times a week to adults.
is usually a non-aggressive turtle and generally do well with other Asian
species that require similar needs. That said, there is never a guarantee of any
two turtles getting along.
A hardy turtle and a prolific breeder.
However, many imported wild-caught specimens have nicks and pitting from shell
rot and/or fungus. Due to the stresses of transit in bad conditions, wild-caught
turtles may arrive dehydrated and stressed, making examining the prospective
purchase or dealing with a trusted vendor necessary. Deparasitization is a must
for wild-caught Chinese Golden Threads, while captive bred specimens are fairly
easy to care for similarly to other basking species (cooters, sliders and
painted turtles). However, mixing species from distant geographical regions is
discouraged since it will increase the likelihood of exposing new diseases.
Hatchlings are highly attractive with
light grey/green carapace and orange/yellow discontinuous stripes on the three
keels. The striking long-tailed hatchlings, are active and popular pet turtles
in Asia comparable to the popularity and availability of the Red Eared Slider (RES)
of North America.