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Pet World Visit
Prologue: We stumble across new critters every month. We can't resist learning about species we've never seen before. So, when we saw twist-necked turtles on our availability list, we signed up for one. With few exceptions, turtles are usually easy to care for. Ditto on the twist-necked turtles.
Water Dwellers: Turtles populate most U.S. waters. Ditto below the border. Twist-necked turtles originate from most of the countries in the northern parts of South America. They prefer to loaf in shallow waters. They look clumsy in water even though water supports most of their body weight and clumsier on land. A deep breath makes it hard for them to dive, so you can see them expelling air in their quest to dive deeper.
The Bulk of Their Appeal: However, twist-necked turtles appeal to people because they act friendly (at least friendlier than most water turtles). They will eat from your fingers from day one. My theory is: They like to have room service. They're not much at catching food on their own.
Not Exactly Hyperkinetic: No ADHD medication needed. These guys are keyed into the yogi approach -- take it easy until lunch time.
Brumation? Many turtles in the cooler countries go thru a brumation period before they breed. Not twist-necks. They take an occasional month or two siesta but don't have to brumate to breed. Just keep feeding them, keep yours warm, and they'll usually stay active (or moderately active) all year.
Foods in Nature: Twist-necked turtles settle for slow moving or non-moving foods in the wild -- snails, mollusks, worms, and fruits. In captivity they try to eat feeder goldfish but are a tad slow off the mark. They can't even come close to catching live fish. They will eat dead fish if they stumble across them.
Not Always "out there." If you pokem a few times, you can see why they call them twist-necked turtles. They bend their necks to the side and refuse to face realty -- much like the long-necked ostrich reputedly buries its head in the sand.
Double-keeled Carapace: Most turtles have a single ridged keel atop their carapace. Twist-necked turtles sport two.
Sexing: You can sex most turtles by looking at their tails and toenails. Males sport longer ones. They also have a concave carapace. Their longer toenails and concave bellies enable them to grasp the females at breeding time.
Clumsy Hunters: Watching a twist-necked turtle underwater makes you wonder how they thrive in the wild. They sure eat better in captivity.
Excellent Loafers: Both sexes spend a great deal of time loafing at the surface. You saw them earlier sitting atop the flower pot. They expend minimal energy in captivity. Maybe they work harder when hungry. But if you deliver their food to them, they pretty much take it easy.
Last Words: Take a close look at the twist-necked turtles. They're not cheap, but they are easy to care for and super friendly. LA
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