Twistneck

 

 

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Platemys platycephala

ADULT SIZE

Up to 7"

DIET

In the wild, they feed upon fish, snails, amphibians, insects and worms and some vegetation.

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

5.2 - 6.0

HABITAT

Shallow rainforest streams, pools and marshes.

DISTRIBUTION

Northern South America.

BEGINNER TURTLE

No

CAPTIVE HABITAT

 Platemys platycephala requires a large area of land as well as a shallow pool of water. They are at home as much on the land as they are in the water, so a significant amount of both is required. They prefer shallow, soft-bottomed habitats, with a lot of vegetation. Either artificial plants or aquatic plants that can withstand the low pH requirements are suggested. The substrate, if used, should be sand or a fine gravel. UVB lighting is required, as well as a heat lamp over the designated basking area. A submersible heater is also recommended.

RECOMMENDED ENCLOSURE

Recommended size for a single adult Platemys platycephala would be a 55 gallon aquarium as a minimum (75 or larger preferred). This will provide adequate swimming area and a good amount of land for the turtle to move about, as well as assisting the filtration in maintaining good water quality. For additional Platemys platycephala, I would recommend adding 30 gallons of tank space per additional turtle at a minimum. A longer and wider tank is preferred as they do not require deep water.

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, fish, crickets, assorted worms and insects, and some vegetables.

COMMUNITY HABITAT

It is recommended that if they be kept in a community habitat, that the other turtles within the community have the same requirements of shallow water as well as being from the same region as the Platemys platycephala.

OTHER INFORMATION

Platemys platycephala are highly susceptible to fungal infections and close attention to their water conditions is a must. They are sociable turtles and will gladly accept food by hand.