Spiny turtle care??

Redfoot!!!

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Hi everyone, I recently got a spiny turtle from my friend. I can't find anything on how to take care of them, so if anyone knows could you please tell me? Thanks a lot.
 

Yvonne G

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A good filter is a must. They need clean water with plenty of room to swim. look up thesprucepets.com. they have a nice care sheet for softshells
 

Redfoot!!!

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Jakarta
A good filter is a must. They need clean water with plenty of room to swim. look up thesprucepets.com. they have a nice care sheet for softshells
Thanks for your help, but it's actually not a spiny softshell turtle, it's the spiny turtle (Heosemys Spinosa) from Southeast Asia (Where I am from). So does anyone know how to take care of them?
 

Pastel Tortie

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Thanks for your help, but it's actually not a spiny softshell turtle, it's the spiny turtle (Heosemys Spinosa) from Southeast Asia (Where I am from). So does anyone know how to take care of them?
I know @harris deals with several of the Asian turtle species, although I'm not sure if this is one of them. I don't remember who else... 🤔
@enchilada may have some suggestions as well.
 

enchilada

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I'm pretty sure CB.
Ok . You live in Jakarta,Indonesia ? If you have a yard , just build an outdoor enclosure . the climate is perfect . look up box turtle outdoor enclosure tutorial videos . But do add more plants , the lusher the better . They like high humidity, warm temperatures but not too hot .
attached are photos I took of their enclosures at Turtle Conservancy in California

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Redfoot!!!

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harris

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I had a fantastic group of these in the 1990's.

The enclosure should be 75% land and 25% water. If they are kept indoors, the humidity level should be 70% +. You need to have a good canister filter for the water, or you will be doing frequent water changes. They inhabit higher elevations with cool running streams. If you can't provide a filter, you need to at least provide an air stone to aerate the water. Even if they're kept outdoors aeration is still a must. For the land area I use a mix of 50% organic soil mixed with 50% sphagnum moss. They LOVE to burrow in it during the day. I moisten the soil every 3 to 4 days with a sprinkling can (indoors) and use a hose attached sprinkler for outdoors. They are not very fond of bright light, but you should still provide a basking area with a uvb heat bulb if kept indoors (The Zoomed Powersun bulbs are pricey, but they are the very best in my opinion). Provide lots of cover for them (around 70% shade). They inhabit thick, forested canopies along the streams and rivers.
 

Redfoot!!!

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Jakarta
I had a fantastic group of these in the 1990's.

The enclosure should be 75% land and 25% water. If they are kept indoors, the humidity level should be 70% +. You need to have a good canister filter for the water, or you will be doing frequent water changes. They inhabit higher elevations with cool running streams. If you can't provide a filter, you need to at least provide an air stone to aerate the water. Even if they're kept outdoors aeration is still a must. For the land area I use a mix of 50% organic soil mixed with 50% sphagnum moss. They LOVE to burrow in it during the day. I moisten the soil every 3 to 4 days with a sprinkling can (indoors) and use a hose attached sprinkler for outdoors. They are not very fond of bright light, but you should still provide a basking area with a uvb heat bulb if kept indoors (The Zoomed Powersun bulbs are pricey, but they are the very best in my opinion). Provide lots of cover for them (around 70% shade). They inhabit thick, forested canopies along the streams and rivers.
Thanks! I will try to provide more shade for him.
 

harris

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Also, do not listen to that enchilada guy about the warm water temps. You need to keep it between 13C-20C for them to thrive. And keep it clean. If you do have sphagnum moss available there, throw a handful or two in the water. They will LOVE it. They like to nestle and crawl through it.
 

Redfoot!!!

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Location (City and/or State)
Jakarta
Also, do not listen to that enchilada guy about the warm water temps. You need to keep it between 13C-20C for them to thrive. And keep it clean. If you do have sphagnum moss available there, throw a handful or two in the water. They will LOVE it. They like to nestle and crawl through it.
Could you tell me what to feed them? Thanks.
 
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