South American Wood Turtle
8" - 10"
Female 9" - 11½"
the wild, they feed upon snails, insects, fish, carrion, worms and a wide
variety of plants.
Low to Mid 80's
Basking Temperature: High 80's to Low 90's
marshes, coastal swamps, large rivers in savannahs and in deep forests.
Venezuela, Trinidad Island to Guianas and Brazil.
A large dry, land area needs to be provided for them to scamper
about as well as a substantial amount of shallow swimming room. 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
punctularia would be a 75 gallon aquarium as a minimum (90
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
punctularia, 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
ReptoMin, Reptile/Pond 10, Cichlid Sticks, fish,
vegetables, aquatic plants, crickets and assorted worms and insects.
Unlike other semi-aquatics, Rhinoclemmys
punctularia can be fed either on land or in the water.
punctularia 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.
SA Wood turtles are extremely fond of
basking. They have great personalities and have a great display of colors on