How big do Murray River short neck turtles grow?

The Murray short necked turtle is the most common to have as a pet. They can grow up to 30cm and live a long life.

What size tank does a Murray River turtle need?

Large turtles should be kept in outdoor ponds, but if this is not possible, a minimum 6ft X 2ft X 2ft tank will be sufficient for two or three individuals, depending on the species.

How fast do Murray short neck turtles grow?

Adult size can be reached with short-necked turtles within a few short years, whereas Long-necked turtles tend to grow at a much slower rate. In the right conditions without overfeeding it should take your turtles 7-9 years to reach adult size.

How long do Murray short neck turtles live?

The lifespan of many of our reptiles has not been studied in great detail, freshwater turtles are considered to live up to 50 years.

How big do river turtles get?

Fly River turtles grow up to 70 centimeters (27.5 inches) long and weigh up to 30 kilograms (66 pounds). Females tend to be larger than males. They also have taller carapaces but smaller, leaner tails.

What is the smallest turtle in Australia?

Penny Turtles There is no such thing as a penny turtle. This is a term given to baby turtles as they are usually the size of a penny. Most Australian turtle species grow to about the size of a dinner plate, or with a shell diameter of 20-30cm.

What can short neck turtles eat?

Short-necked turtles are omnivores. They are scavengers and grazers and eat a more varied diet. Feed as for the long-neck turtle but also offer vegetables and fruits such as spinach, broccoli, cabbage, pumpkin, parsley, apples, pears and stone fruits.

Do Murray River turtles need a heater?

An aquarium heater will be needed to keep the water between 20 & 28 degrees. You will also need an aquarium thermometer to keep a check on this. During winter, the basking area will also need to be heated to the appropriate temp for your species.

How deep should the water be for a baby turtle?

For baby turtles, the water in the tank should be at least one inch deeper than the width of your turtle’s shell. This will allow them to swim freely. As your turtle grows, you can provide deeper water.

What are two foods eaten by a river turtle?

River Turtles eat aquatic plants, fruits, fish, and mollusks.

What does a Murray River turtle look like?

The Murray River Turtle also known as the Macquarie turtle or Murray short-necked turtle, has a shell that is predominantly medium to dark brown above, cream coloured below. The male has a much fatter and longer tail than the female.

Where do long neck turtles live in Australia?

They are native to freshwater rivers and lakes down the east coast of Australia, the Murray River and surrounds is of course home to Murray River Short-neck among others and the Eastern Long neck is a local species to Sydney Residents. The first thing to keep in mind when purchasing your turtle, is that he won’t stay this small forever.

What does a short-necked turtle look like?

The Short-necked turtle is very abundant and common in open water, including lagoons and the mainstream of rivers. Males grow to about 2.2 kg and females may sometimes exceed 4.0 kg. They are typically olive green or bronze in colour on the carapace (upper shell) and cream underneath. The shell can be stained or covered in green algae or mud.

What is the scientific name of the Australian turtle?

The subspecific name, emmotti, is in honor of Australian farmer and naturalist Angus Emmott (born 1962). The subspecific name, krefftii, is in honor of German-born Australian naturalist Gerard Krefft. Common names for E. macquarii include Murray River turtle, Macquarie River turtle, eastern short-necked turtle and southern river turtle.