the wild, they are carnivores, feeding upon small fish, insects and worms,
although some rare individuals have been found to eat aquatic vegetation.
Low to mid 80's
Basking Temperature: High 80's to low 90's
Low to mid 70's
oxbows, swamps, lakes and ponds with abundant aquatic vegetation.
Buenos Aires through Uruguay and Argentina.
These are baskering 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. Caves and standing decor are recommended, such
as tall pieces of driftwood that can be affixed to the habitat floor.
Recommended size for a single adult Phrynops
hilarii would be a 180 gallon aquarium as a minimum (200
or larger preferred). This will provide adequate swimming area, as well as
assisting the filtration in maintaining good water quality. For additional Phrynops
hilarii, I would recommend adding 100 gallons of tank
space per additional turtle at a minimum. The smaller dimensions for this
species is because they are less active swimmers as other aquatic species.
Stock Tanks and Rubbermaid containers
also work well. The same space recommendations remain the same.
In captivity, they do well on
ReptoMin, Reptile/Pond 10, Cichlid Sticks, fish, crickets,
and assorted worms and insects. On rarity, these turtles will consume some plant
matter and veggies.
Spot-Bellied Sidenecks are great
turtles for a community habitats, but only with other Phrynops species.
Spot-Bellied Sideneck Turtles are
great baskers and enjoy resting at the edge of rocks, fallen trees, and large,