CARING FOR YOUR FRESH WATER TURTLE

Most turtle species should live over 30 years if cared for properly . The male has a fatter and much longer tail than the female.

It is illegal to remove native turtles from the wild and a Recreational Wildlife Licence is required to keep a turtle.


Diet & Feeding

In general Macquarie River Turtles are opportunistic omnivorous feeders with plant material making up about 50% of their diets in adults, while juveniles are mostly carnivorous. Unfortunately these turtles are not only one of the largest turtles available but also the quickest growing ,generally outgrowing smaller tanks quickly .This is why we stock the smaller turtle varieties including the Macleay and saw shell variety . The Macleay turtle is the smallest turtle in Australia only reaching about 12 to 15cm across the shell . Turtle sticks & frozen turtle dinners are available at the Mackay Pet Super Store. Calcium is important to a turtle’s diet and can be provided by a liquid supplement, a calcium block ,but the pellets available now contain a good amount included in the pellet .

Only feed young turtle’s daily amounts of food the size of their heads, remove uneaten food after 20minutes. Adult turtles can be fed two to three times a week with amounts of food the size of their heads. Over feeding your turtle will result in obesity and other diet related disorders.  Adult turtles do not feed regularly in winter, if your turtle is active and looking for food then feed it. If it isn’t do not try and feed as this can cause digestion problems.

 

Temperature

Water temperature should be between 24-26°C and air temperature in the enclosure from 24-28°C.Make sure u provide an aquarium heater during winter .

 

Lighting

Turtles need UVB light to metabolise calcium from their food. A good 8 to 10 hours a day of reptile ultra-violet light will ensure it gets plenty of vitamin D3 which is essential to the growth of its shell and bones. Make sure this light is open or at least through a grate . UVB is completely eliminated through glass or plastic .  

 

Housing

Depending on the species your turtle may grow to the size of a dinner plate, so invest in the biggest tank you can, to enjoy longer use of the tank. Turtles will need water deep enough to swim in freely. A rock or ledge is vital as the turtle will need to get out of the water and dry.  A heat lamp placed over this during winter will allow your turtle to regulate its body temperature. Substrates in the turtle enclosures can be aquarium gravel mixed with shell grit to keep your ph. higher . Never allow your water to become acidic it will allow fungal growth and bacterial infection to take over .

 

Cleaning

Turtles create a lot of waste so you will need a good filter. A 25% water change should be done at least every two weeks. Ideally every week as your turtle grows. Use a good quality water conditioner and regularly check pH (recommended pH is 7.5 )


Handling

It is recommended before purchasing your turtle to have a demonstration on the best way to hold juvenile and adult turtles. IT IS IMPORTANT TO WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE AND AFTER HANDLING TURTLES.


Seek advice from a specialist for all health issues.

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The Superstore is open every day except Christmas Day, Easter Friday and ANZAC Day.

22 Grandview Drive, Greenfields
Monday to Friday 9.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday to Sunday 8.30am – 5.00pm

Visit in-store where our helpful animal experts and delightful staff can assist with all your pet needs.