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Olive brown in color. Adults grow up to 3-5″ in length. The head has yellow stripes from the eyes down the neck.

Shallow waters. Swam areas with large land areas for basking. Likes to dig and wallow in mud near aquatic plants.

Mainly carnivorous. Diet ranges from small fish to crawfish, worms and in captivity: small pellets.

Mainly done under water but eggs are laid on land.

Health Concerns


  1. What do I do to care for an egg laid in the water? Don’t have a place my 3 turtles get out of water but a big flat rock slab. No sand or bedding.