The Caspian turtle
The Caspian turtle is a diurnal species; it spends the night at the bottom of the water body, buried in ooze. It is a peaceful reptile that can be kept alone or in couples. If you have a large tank, you can keep them in harems: one male and several females. Males can fight with each other.
The Central Asian Tortoise
It is a peaceful tortoise, suitable for beginners. It gets tame and can be handled. If the tortoise is tame, it doesn’t hide its head when it is touched. In order to maintain better contact with the tortoise you can hand-feed it.
The Chinese Softshell Turtle
The Chinese softshell turtle is a very agile reptile but it is nervous and easily scared. They often bite people and can be difficult to tame. It hunts from an ambush: it lies buried in the ooze or sand and waits for the prey. This turtle can bury itself in ooze or sand very quickly. It is a fast runner and swimmer. The Chinese softshell turtle has hard bone plates in its mouth. In the wild the turtle uses them to crack the shell of snails. It can bite through the human’s skin too. This turtle has a long and mobile neck, it stretches easily and the turtle can bite a person that is holding it.
The Common Musk Turtle
The common musk turtle got its name due to yellowish liquid with musky odor that comes from the glands near cloaca when the turtle faces danger. In captivity the turtles quickly get tame and don’t use this method towards their owners. If you try to catch the common musk turtle, it can be aggressive, try to come away and bite. This species can stay submerged for a long time. They breathe by drawing in oxygen from water which is absorbed through their tongues. The common musk turtle is not aggressive towards its specimens, they can be kept in groups. But there shouldn’t be more than one male in a group since males can fight.
The Common Snapping Turtle
The common snapping turtle is very aggressive (hence is the name) and often bites. You have to be careful with them and follow safety rules. They should be kept alone. This species is cold resistant, it can even move under the ice. In the wild they have brumation period which they spent buried in the ooze.
The European Pond Turtle
The European pond turtle is a friendly and calm reptile. It easily gets used to people and can be hand-fed. A tamed turtle doesn’t hide its head when it is handled. It is best to keep them alone, since they can be quite aggressive to their specimens and as a rule, it ends with fights and injuries. It is not recommended to put the European pond turtle together with any fish: the turtle considers all fish to be food.
The Indian Star Tortoise
Wild tortoises hide in their shells when they see people. Once they get used to people, they can be hand-fed and handled. They have peaceful disposition and don’t bite. They are active in the mornings and in the evenings. It is not recommended to let them walk outside, even in a pen, since they are real escape artists. They often dig under fences and walk away. The Indian star tortoises prefer to sleep during the daytime.
The Mata Mata
It is a sedentary species; sometimes its carapace is even covered with algae. It makes a good disguise and helps the mata mata to hide from predators and hunt its prey. The mata mata is not easily tamed, it can be aggressive towards people. You should wear solid gloves when you handle it.
The Red-Ear Slider
The read-ear slider is very territorial, so you shouldn’t keep it together with other turtles or fish. They bite people very rarely, they easily become tame and can be hand-fed. This turtle gets used to the person who takes care of it. The red-ear slider has well-developed senses, especially smelling and eyesight. They can distinguish colours both in the water and on the ground. Their eyesight is good, they can detect movement 40 m away. They have good senses of smell and taste, but their hearing is poor. The carapace is sensitive to the touch because a lot of nerves go through it. The red-ear slider can make various sounds: it can hiss, spit and squeak. Males tend to fight with each other and ev...
The Red-Footed Tortoise
Like all tortoises, the red-footed tortoise is calm and peaceful animal. It has docile personality and can be kept in groups. It is a terrestrial species. They enjoy a bath, so you should take them out of the tank and hold under a stream of water at least once a week. It is friendly towards people and can get tame.