Up to 6"
the wild, they feed upon carrion, snails, beetle larvae, earthworms, water
plants and fruits.
Low to mid 80's
Basking Temperature: High 80's to low 90's
Low to mid 70's
Woodland streams and brooks.
Southern China from Fujian to eastern Guangdong
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 bealei 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 bealei,
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, snails,
crickets, veggies and assorted worms and insects.
Sacalia bealei's make them a great
turtle for a community habitat with other species with similar needs from their