Pic provided by William
Turtles of the World
6.5" - 10"
Few studies have been done on this
species. In the wild, they are said to feed heavily on anuran (frog
& toad larvae).
80° - 90 °
85° - 95°
6.0 - 7.5
Black water streams and swamps,
rivers and ponds.
Peru, Trinidad, Suriname, East
Ecuador, parts of Colombia & N Brazil.
Large aquatic setup. This turtle
rarely basks but does so at times, so it needs ramp and basking lamp. Most times
it will haul out at night. They like to hide under cover so provide suspended
basking ramp (or cave). Also
provide UVB lighting.
Recommended size for a single adult would be a
70 gallon aquarium as a minimum (120
or larger preferred). This will provide adequate swimming area, as well as
assisting the filtration in maintaining good water quality. For additional P.
gibbus, I would recommend adding 55 gallons of tank
space per additional turtle at a minimum.
Stock Tanks and Rubbermaid containers
also work well. The same space recommendations remain the same.
Fish, Mazuri, ZooMed, snails, krill
(they seem to prefer to eat at surface so floating pellets are best), forget
Reptomin, they are eager to eat most types of meat-based foods .
Recommend keeping with same-species only,
as they tend to get aggressive with other species.
This turtle is said to be nocturnal
and, in my experience, this is true. They will eat day or night and are active
at night, more so than during day, plus they like to sit on basking area at
night. They seem to get along well in small groups and tend to hang together.
They will mate easily in captivity and lay 3 to 4 eggs once a year.