the first weeks with our new family member were really interesting, but actually I feel: there's never enough space (hopefully it will be warm soon so I can dig a small pond in the garden and put her there) and I wonder if the Heosemys need a group? Since we only have the 'small' aquarium now (hope to change that in autumn when the tortoises come
inside) there's no way of putting a partner.
How do you keep yours when inside the house?
And is there a something to look up the healthy weight of a Heosemys?
Somebody told me she looks a bit too fat.
Thank you and all the best,
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No they don't need a group, they're quite happy on their own. Most people keep them in groups though. They're generally non-agressive, and it's more interesting to see them interact with other turtles. Personally I don't think it would be a problem if you keep it together with your elongatas, but it's better to be safe than sorry.
> Somebody told me she looks a bit too fat.
They tend to get fat in captivity because they are voracious eaters
Could you share a photo of it?
> And is there a something to look up the healthy weight of a Heosemys?
No. But it's a good idea to make a graph for this purpose. I will ask group members for measurements of their turtles, so I can calculate the average weight size ratio.
Keep us informed,
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