the wild, they feed upon fish, snails, amphibians, insects and worms and some
Low to mid 80's
Basking Temperature: Mid to High 80's
Low to mid 70's
rainforest streams, pools and marshes.
platycephala requires a large area of land as well as a shallow pool of
water. They are at home as much on the land as they are in the water, so a
significant amount of both is required. They prefer shallow, soft-bottomed habitats,
with a lot of vegetation. Either artificial plants or aquatic plants that can
withstand the low pH requirements are suggested. The substrate, if used, should
be sand or a fine gravel. UVB lighting is required, as well as a heat lamp over
the designated basking area. A submersible heater is also recommended.
Recommended size for a single adult Platemys
platycephala would be a 55 gallon aquarium as a minimum (75
or larger preferred). This will provide adequate swimming area and a good amount
of land for the turtle to move about, as well as
assisting the filtration in maintaining good water quality. For additional Platemys
platycephala, I would recommend adding
30 gallons of tank
space per additional turtle at a minimum. A longer and wider tank is preferred
as they do not require deep water.
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,
assorted worms and insects, and some vegetables.
It is recommended that if they be
kept in a community habitat, that the other turtles within the community have
the same requirements of shallow water as well as being from the same region as
highly susceptible to fungal infections and close attention to their water
conditions is a must. They are sociable turtles and will gladly accept food by