New Guinea Snapping Turtle

 

 

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Elseya Novaeguineae

ADULT SIZE

Up to 11"

DIET

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

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

6.2 - 6.5

HABITAT

Rivers and Swamps.

DISTRIBUTION

New Guinea.

BEGINNER TURTLE

Yes

CAPTIVE HABITAT

These are basking turtles, so a basking spot is required. UVB lighting is needed as well as a heat lamp over the basking spot. A submersible heater is recommended if the water temps fall below the recommendation. They are excellent swimmers and their captive habitat should have a water depth as deep as possible. Substrate should be anywhere from a sand to a fine-to-medium size gravel.

RECOMMENDED ENCLOSURE

Recommended size for a single adult Elseya Novaeguineae would be a 75 gallon aquarium as a minimum (90 or larger preferred). This will provide adequate swimming area, as well as assisting the filtration in maintaining good water quality. For additional Elseya Novaeguineae, I would recommend adding 40 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.

CAPTIVE DIET

In captivity, they do well on Mazuri and ReptoMin, Reptile/Pond 10, Cichlid Sticks, fish, crickets, and assorted worms and insects.

COMMUNITY HABITAT

Elseya Novaeguineae are great turtles for a community habitats, but only with other Elseya and Emydura species.

OTHER INFORMATION

Not a lot has been learned about this species and information is difficult to come by. The dietary list mentioned above is from experimentation with captives.