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Postby Manouria » Fri Apr 07, 2006 10:19 pm

Dear all,

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,

Annette

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Postby Marnix Hoekstra » Wed Apr 12, 2006 1:42 am

Hi Annette,
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,
Marnix


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