Caring for Your Yellow-Spotted Turtle
Info from Aqualand Pets Plus on Chelydra serpentina

 
 

Yellow-Spotted Turtle Factoids

Origin

N.E. US plus a bit of Canada and down the east coast to Florida

Maximum Size

Five inches -- usually smaller

Longevity 25 years
Natural sites Marshy meadows, bogs, swamps, ponds, ditches

Housing

Flexible

Breeding March thru May in sandy soil
Litter size Three or four eggs (so there's not many hatchlings)
Gestation period 1-inch turtlettes emerge in 11 weeks

Security

Rests on pond bottom at night

Temperature

Prefers 75 to 80o

Estivation period Late summer

Attitude

Not afraid of you

Foods

Omnivore.  Likes commercial turtle foods.

Water

Prefers shallow water

Threats Habitat loss, pollutants, crossing roads, raccoons

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From whence the name derives.

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Longer tail denotes a male.

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They get along fine except at feeding time.

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Feeding time.

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Of course, all turtles do this.

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Carapace (top).

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Very attractive shell.

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Plastron (bottom).

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Inquisitive little dudes.

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Not shy at all.

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Likes turtle stick food from the get go.

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They like floating foods.

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Yum.

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Also enjoys cichlid pellets.

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And Hikari omnivore tablets once they soften.

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Wants to eat large snails -- lotsa luck.

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Little snail proved too hard to bite.

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What about crayfish?

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Inspite of being pinched in the face, crayfish were on his lunch menu.

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Too slow for live fish, dead fish were quite acceptable.

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Not picky as to species.

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Who could resist a tasty nightcrawler?

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Unwanted kibitzer.

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Definitely worth fighting for.

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No intention whatsoever of sharing.

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Substrate not important but prefers shallow water.

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Needs some room to get around.

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A basking spot also makes a great leaning post.

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Rests on the bottom at night.

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Quickly adapts to hand feeding.
 

 

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