Red-Bellied Shortneck

 

 

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Emydura subglobosa

ADULT SIZE

Up to 10"

DIET

In the wild, they feed on fish, crickets and mollusks.

TEMPERATURE RANGE (F)

Air Temperature:  Low to mid 80's

Basking Temperature:  Mid to high 80's

Water Temperature:  Low to mid 70's

WATER pH LEVEL

6.0 - 6.5

HABITAT

Rivers, Lagoons and waterholes.

DISTRIBUTION

New Guinea and Australia. 

BEGINNER TURTLE

Yes

CAPTIVE HABITAT

These are basking turtles, so a basking spot is required. UVB lighting is needed as well as a heat lamp over the basking spot. A submersible heater is recommended if the water temps fall below the recommendation. They are excellent swimmers and their captive habitat should have a water depth as deep as possible. Substrate should be anywhere from a sand to a fine-to-medium size gravel.

RECOMMENDED ENCLOSURE

Recommended size for a single adult Emydura subglobosa would be a 75 gallon aquarium as a minimum (90 or larger preferred). This will provide adequate swimming area, as well as assisting the filtration in maintaining good water quality. For additional Emydura subglobosa, I would recommend adding 40 gallons of tank space per additional turtle at a minimum.

Stock Tanks and Rubbermaid containers also work well. The same space recommendations remain the same.

CAPTIVE DIET

In captivity, they do well on Mazuri and ReptoMin, Reptile/Pond 10, Cichlid Sticks, feeder fish, crickets, assorted insects and  ghost shrimp.

COMMUNITY HABITAT

Emydura subglobosa are great turtles for a community habitats, but only with other Elseya and Emydura species.

OTHER INFORMATION

Red-Bellied Shortneck Turtles are beautiful as babies, but their colors fade gradually as they age, but are nonetheless attractive.