The males of this turtle have a shell length of around 5 inches while the females can be up to 10 inches long.
Habitat and Distribution
These turtles can be found along the length of the Mississippi river and its tributaries. In the wild it seems to prefer water bodies with fairly strong currents and it is rare to find them in still areas such as ponds and small lakes.
The average lifespan of these turtles may be up to 40 to 50 years.
The diet of an adult turtle is generally vegetarian however the younger
ones will often eat a diet richer in protein to aid their growth. Such
meals may consist of aquatic insects, frog spawn and fish.
Groups and Breeding
When enticing a female to mate with him, the males will flutter their
long claws in the face of a female while under the water. if the
female is receptive she will sink to the bottom of the water where he
will mate with her. Females will lay between 5 and 20 eggs which are
generally laid fairly near the edge of the water body their live in but
out of reach of rising water levels. Eggs generally hatch after 50 to 70 days.
These animals are not threatened in the wild due to common numbers and a high success rate in terms of breeding and hatching.
Many pet shops sell turtles of many species as good pets, however most
will outgrow the space an average household is able to provide for
them. Our turtle collection is made up of just some of the many
turtles which are abandoned as a result of this trade.