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Eastern Chicken Turtle: Deirochelys reticularia reticularia
Category: Other North American Turtles
Experience Level: Advanced [?]
Eastern Chicken Turtles have deep green coloration with nice yellow contrasts. Their necks seem to extend endlessly as they constantly survey their surroundings. Less common than their Florida counter parts, Eastern Chicken Turtles adapt well and will liven up most community tanks.
One of the two North American snake necks, (Blanding's being the other), Chicken turtles use their long necks and specialized throats and mouths to suck in or snap up food. While adults will eat some plant matter, all sizes will take fish, pellets, insects, meat and crustaceans.
Chicken turtles bask often but are the first back in the water when approached. Juveniles are excellent tank turtles, and adults do well in outdoor ponds in summer months, or year round in warmer climates. Many adults adjust to captivity slowly, and acquiring established individuals is the key to success.
Pictured is our last 2007 Eastern Chicken Turtle.
* Remember, each turtle order comes with a free starter sample of the same Turtle diet your Turtle has been raised on - this will last one small turtle a few weeks - to order larger quantities, see the lower left side of this page. *
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