Up to 5.8"
In the wild, they feed mainly on fruits and vegetables
and some fish.
Low to mid 80's
Basking Temperature: High 80's to low 90's
Low to mid 70's
Streams and small brooks in woodlands of moderate
Western Guangdong and eastern Guangxi provinces, Hainan
Island, China, and Central Vietnam and Laos.
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 Sacalia quadriocellata would be a
40 gallon aquarium as a minimum (55
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 Sacalia quadriocellata, I would recommend adding
30 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
Mazuri and ReptoMin, Reptile/Pond 10, Cichlid Sticks,
fruits, green veggies and some fish.
Sacalia quadriocellata are great
turtles for a community habitat with others that share similar needs and are
from the same region.