Spotted Turtle - Clemmys guttata
Description. The spotted turtle is one of the smallest turtles found in the United States. Its black shell is with
yellow spots, which vary depending on the spotted turtle’s age. Older turtles can have many more spots. Younger turtles have normaly just a few spots. Its legs are mainly black with red or orange and yellow spots.
Sex can be determined.
Males have a black chin, females have a much brighter orange or reddish chin. Males have a longer, thicker tail. In most adults, males have brownish eyes, and females have orange eyes.
range from about 4 to 6 inches (10 - 13 cm.) long. When hatchlings emerge from their eggshells, they measure about 1 inch long. They can triple their size in just a few months. They can be raised to adults in about three years.
Life Span. These turtles are known for living more than 100 years, and the oldest on record live more than 150 years old.
Gallons/250 liter aquarium can house one male and two female spotted turtles, Add plants, roots, stone to provide comfort and prevent turtles from drowning.
A few different basking spots should be made available
to allow your turtle to climb out of the water and completely dry off. This prevents algae and fungus growth on its skin and shell. A heat lamp and UVB bulbs should be placed above the basking spot. Submersible filters can also be used to help keep the water
Spotted turtles are poor swimmers, so they should be kept in shallow water about 4 to 6 inches/20 cm. deep.
Lighting and Temperature. I
recommend a water temperature around 70 degrees fahrenheit/23 graders celsius with a basking area of about 90 degrees732 graders celsius. Spotted turtles should have a few basking areas. Heat is necessary for any turtle fighting a respiratory infection.
A few UVB bulbs should be included, as well. They simulate natural light and assist turtles in synthesizing vitamin D3, which aids calcium absorption.
turtles feed on a variety of things. Wild turtles feed on just about anything that lives or falls in the water and can fit in their mouth. They prefer foods such as insects, earthworms, mealworms, crickets, clams, prawns with shell, ReptoMin Turtle pellets
and maybe a little vegetation that might grow in your pond or aquarium.
Feed the adult spotted turtles every other day. The young Turtle shall be fed every day until they are 6 months old.
In the wild spotted
turtles usually feed from late March through late October. Sometimes they eat into early November. A turtle's stomach must be empty before it enters into a full state of hibernation. Otherwise the food will eventually rot in its stomach and possibly kill the