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Gamera and Yoshi

I have recently been interested in buying a pair of water turtles to keep in the house with me. After doing all the reading up I could on them i went out and bought them. I named one Gamera (it has black lines all over the shell) and Gloria named the other one Yoshi (very green shell with a few white spots).

They are slider turtles or Scrypta Scrypta by their greek names. They are not red eared sliders because they are illegal here in Italy. They were made illegal because people were abandoning them when they got too big (they can grow up to 30 cm.) and they were healthy carriers of a turtle disease that decimated the indigenous turtles in italy.

Anyway, they’re beautiful!

I got them a nice aquarium (a bit small but i’ll buy a bigger one when they grow), with a water heater (water temp should be kept at 27-28.5 °C), a water pump with filter, and i’m waiting for a UV light at the shop (they didnt have one available at the moment) which will let them bask and make the necessary vitamins to keep a healthy shell.

Their diet should be varied. I give them Gammarus as a treat (small dried freshwater shrimps) together with some different kinds of vegetable pellets (Purina Multifloc and JBL Rugil). They are omnivorous creatures although when they are small they prefer meat over veggies.

One thing i’ve noticed is that they really do beg for their food eheh. Swimming towards me with their mouths open all the time. They are very voracious but people should watch out not to overfeed them. They’re not actually hungry! This is their instinct because food in the wild is so scarce.

Enough talk! Here they are! (sorry about aweful pics but i made them with my iphone.)

P.S. THEY SHIT LIKE RHINOCEROSES (it’s actually a word)

  1. Macs
    January 26, 2010 at 23:16

    mi è scappato o non c’è neanche un accenno a quanto cagano??
    dopo tutte le caratteristiche che le contraddistinguono,dalla loro dieta alle vitamine di cui hanno bisogno alla temperatura dell’acqua,mi sembra doveroso menzionare questo aspetto.
    e aggiungi pure che riprenderai gli allenamenti per diventare anche tu tartaruga…….ninja.

    • riqz
      January 26, 2010 at 23:20

      Correzione nel post scriptum. Thanks Mahseemeeleehanow

  2. January 27, 2010 at 09:45

    Haha, they’re adorable! How big can this type get?

    • riqz
      January 27, 2010 at 12:32

      Females can get up to 30 cm!

  1. January 27, 2010 at 12:21

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