TEMPERATURE RANGE (°F)
- Air Temperature: Low 80's
- Basking Temperature: Mid 80's
- Water Temperature: Low 70's
It is important to understand that this is a cold climate
turtle. In the wild it is active and feeding in water at 53° F. This turtle is
very easy to overheat in captivity.
Scott Thomson says that he considers that this is one of the
most difficult turtle species to keep, and that the often-recommended tropical
setup of this species will eventually kill it.
Variety is important. Long-necked Turtles are totally
carnivorous. Never give food that is still frozen to the turtle. Commercial
foods are available, such as Mazuri, ReptoMin or ZooMed. A 50/50 diet of
whitebait and prawns (soaked for an hour to remove salt) is another option. Also
add bloodworms, blackworms, garden worms, crickets, flies, moths and other
insects to the diet.
RECOMMENDED FEEDING SCHEDULE
It is too easy to overfeed your turtle. The frequency of
feeding should be 2 times a week and the amount roughly 5 to 10 bite size pieces
per animal at each feed. This species of turtle prefers to eat in the water,
however, Scott Thomson has had individuals that prefer to feed on the land. As
they get older they require less food; feeding once per week is adequate. Give
calcium and vitamin supplements weekly.
C. longicollis are infrequent baskers, but do come out
to bask, so a basking area is required. The habitat should be kept in cooler
range as these turtles are cold climate animals.
The turtles require a sizeable enclosure not only because of
their size (females reaching 12"), but they are active turtles. When selecting a
habitat for C. longicollis, keep not only carapace length in mind, but
also neck length (up to 60% of the length of the carapace). While not
recommended for indoor set-ups, adults can be housed in aquariums no smaller
than 150 gallons for a single male and 175 gallons for a single female. Adding
additional turtles to a habitat requires that you increase the size of the tank
accordingly by half (ie; 1 male = 150 gallons,
2 males = 225 gallons, etc). Stock tanks also make great alternatives to glass an
Accomplished swimmers even as fresh hatchlings,
C. longicollis enjoy deep water habitats.
They do extremely well with other turtles from the same
climate and are generally docile towards tankmates, although, as with any
species, there are individuals who show aggression towards other turtles even
when adequate room is provided.