Male 10" - 12"
11½" - 13"
the wild, they feed on algae, aquatic plants, fish, carrion, shrimp, crickets,
worms and assorted other insects.
Air Temperature: Low to mid 80's
Basking Temperature: Mid to High 80's
Water Temperature: Low to mid 70's
lakes and ponds
These are aggressive baskers, 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 size for a single adult Trachemys
scripta chichiriviche 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 Trachemys
scripta chichiriviche, I would recommend adding
50 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.
In captivity, they do well on
ReptoMin, Reptile/Pond 10, Cichlid Sticks, feeder fish,
occasional ghost shrimp, aquatic plants, veggies and some fruits, crickets, meal
worms and blood worms.
is a great turtle for a community habitat with
other Sliders, Cooters, Map Turtles and Painted Turtles.
Venezuelan Sliders are aggressive
basking turtles and are quite personable turtles.