Venezuelan Slider

 

 

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Trachemys scripta chichiriviche

ADULT SIZE

Male    10" - 12"           Female   11" - 13"

DIET

In the wild, they feed on algae, aquatic plants, fish, carrion, shrimp, crickets, worms and assorted other insects.

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

6.0 - 6.5

HABITAT

Streams, lakes and ponds

DISTRIBUTION

Venezuela.

BEGINNER TURTLE

Yes

CAPTIVE HABITAT

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 ENCLOSURE

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.

CAPTIVE DIET

In captivity, they do well on Mazuri and ReptoMin, Reptile/Pond 10, Cichlid Sticks, feeder fish, occasional ghost shrimp, aquatic plants, veggies and some fruits, crickets, meal worms and blood worms.

COMMUNITY HABITAT

Trachemys scripta chichiriviche is a great turtle for a community habitat with other Sliders, Cooters, Map Turtles and Painted Turtles.

OTHER INFORMATION

Venezuelan Sliders are aggressive basking turtles and are quite personable turtles.