There are many species of terrapins for sale. The most popular being the Diamond Back Terrapin for sale. We specialize in both land tortoises for sale as well as turtles for sale, including a large selection of captive bred aquatic turtles for sale.
The first two subspecies, starting on the Atlantic Coast at Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and continuing to northern Florida, are the Northern Diamondback Terrapin, and the Carolina Diamond back Terrapin. As you look at the subspecies descriptions found here or in other reference material, and compare them to terrapins found along that range, you may become perplexed. Why? The terrapin in your hand may often seem to be a mix of both descriptions. There’s a reason for that!
Extra Information: Diamondback Terrapins – The Seven Subspecies
As one surveys Diamondback Terrapins south along the Atlantic Coast starting at Cape Cod, Massachusetts, there begin to be subtle, then more pronounced differences in the morphology of the terrapins. In any population of diamondbacks, however, there is a great deal of variety in shell and skin color, and in the type of speckling on their skins. The latter variations are par for the course among terrapins, but the subspecies differences are more pronounced.
Diamondback Terrapin Range Map
The first two subspecies, starting on the Atlantic Coast at Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and continuing to northern Florida, are the Northern Diamondback Terrapin, and the Carolina Diamondback Terrapin. As you look at the subspecies descriptions found here or in other reference material, and compare them to terrapins found along that range, you may become perplexed. Why? The terrapin in your hand may often seem to be a mix of both descriptions. There’s a reason for that!
Mixing Things Up!
In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, Diamondback Terrapins were collected from various points along the Mid-Atlantic Coast as well as Texas and transported to seafood markets in the Northeastern states to supply affluent homes and restaurants when terrapin soup was a high priced gourmet dish.
Also during the early 1900’s, terrapins from these same areas were transported to research stations funded by the US Bureau of Fisheries in NC and MD. The purpose of the research was to see if terrapins could effectively be farm-raised for food.
Concrete Terrapin pens still visible at Old Research Station, Beaufort, NC
Historical accounts and recent genetic studies indicate that uncertain numbers of the transported subspecies escaped or were randomly released into Atlantic coast terrapin populations.
Furthermore, when the Beaufort, NC research station was closed in 1948, nearly 250,000 hybrid terrapins were released into the salt marshes of Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia.
It is not uncommon, then, to find individual terrapins in Mid-Atlantic coast populations north of Florida that have characteristics of the Texas subspecies. Northern Diamondback Terrapins are often found with characteristics of The Carolina Terrapin, and vice versa.
Furthermore, a small population of Diamondback Terrapins has been studied on the island of Bermuda. This population appears from genetic studies to have been colonized by means of the Gulf Stream by terrapins from the Carolinas at least as far back as the 1600’s.
The Northern Diamondback Terrapin, (Malaclemys terrapin terrapin), ranges from Cape Cod to Cape Hatteras, NC. The medial keel is ridged but w/o knobs. The sides of the shell should be slightly wider at the back than at front. The color of shell is variable from one turtle to another, from black to light brown. The carapace will have distinct concentric rings. The color of the head, neck and legs is variable from white to gray with black dots or flecks. Plastron colors will range from orange to greenish gray
The Florida East Coast Diamondback Terrapin, (Malaclemys terrapin tequesta), ranges from northern Florida southward along the Atlantic coast to the Keys. The medial keel has knobs facing backwards. The scales of the carapace can be a bit lighter in their center surrounded by dark or tan. On the other hand, the carapace of the male tequesta in the first photograph is entirely black. The skin color of the head and legs will be white or gray with small black dots and flecks. The color of the plastron ranges from yellow to orange.
The Ornate Diamondback Terrapin, (Malaclemys terrapin macrospilota), ranges from Florida Bay north along Florida’s Gulf Coast and west along the Florida Panhandle. The medial keel often has bulbous knobs. The scales of the dark carapace have orange or yellow centers. Carapaces of some individuals can be entirely black. The skin color of the head and legs is most often white to light gray with black spots. When white a pinkish tinge shows through. The color of the plastron ranges from yellow to orange.
The Texas Diamondback Terrapin, (Malaclemys terrapin littoralis), ranges from western Louisiana to Corpus Christi, Texas. The medial keel has terminal knobs. The carapace is dark brown to black, often with concentric grooving. The skin color of the head is white to medium gray with small to medium black spots. Skin coloring on legs ranges from gray with dark spots to entirely black. Texas terrapins can be quite a bit larger than other subspecies. This explains their export to NE markets and to the Beaufort, NC research lab in the early 1900’s.
Remember when searching for any tortoises for sale, including a new baby tortoise for sale, tortoise town is your source for the best tortoise for sale , baby tortoises for sale , baby turtles for sale, and adult turtles for sale of any turtle store anywhere. If you are interested in tortoise care, please visit our care section.
Pink Belly Side Necked Turtle Diet & Feeding
Before purchasing your new pink belly side necked turtle for sale, find the right aquatic turtle for sale breeder. Whether it be a turtle store, or turtle farm, it is important you find the right turtle breeder selling captive bred baby turtles for sale only. Our pink belly side necked turtles are all captive bred and raised by hand in fresh, clean water. All of our pink belly side neck turtles for sale come with our full live arrival and 7 day health guarantee. We always recommend the 6 month old or yearling well started pink belly side necked turtle over the new, more fragile fresh turtle hatchlings for sale.
Diet and Feeding
In the wild, these turtles feed primarily on crustaceans, mollusks and aquatic insects that share their river habitat. Captive pink-bellied side-necked turtles don’t have overly-specific dietary requirements and eat a variety of plants and animals. They easily adjust to whatever feeding schedule their owner finds convenient, as long as they’re fed approximately every other day. While commercial turtle pellets and cut fish are adequate, pink-bellied side-necked turtles also enjoy a variety of vegetables, worms, chicken and lean beef.
A single pink-bellied side-necked turtle hatchling, at about 4 inches long, needs a 20-gallon aquarium at a minimum. The species does well in groups, provided the size of the enclosure is increased by at least 10 percent for each additional turtle. As the hatchling grows, its area should be increased by 10 gallons for each inch it grows. Adults reach lengths of 8 to 9 inches. If the water isn’t constantly flowing, the turtle benefits from a filtration system to keep its water clean between changing. River sand at the floor of the enclosure mimics the turtle’s natural habitat. Rocks, greenery, cork bark, and partially-submerged logs or other ramps enable the turtle to leave the water when it wants to bask.
We have some fantastic, vivid colored pink belly side necked turtles for sale. We have captive bred baby pink belly side neck turtles for sale, captive bred well started 6 month old baby pink belly side necked turtle for sale as well as yearling pink belly side neck turtles for sale.
The pink-bellied side-necked turtle (Emydura subglobosa) is a recent introduction to the North American turtle keeping hobby. Its shell ranges in color from beige to chestnut brown or slate gray. The plastron can be white, pink or, in the case of especially prized specimens, bright red/orange. The skin is typically various shades of gray, with some red markings. As pink-bellied side-necks grow, their skin develops additional random red/orange markings.
Remember when searching for any tortoises for sale, including a new baby tortoise for sale, tortoise town is your source for the best tortoise for sale , baby tortoises , baby turtles for sale, and adult turtles for sale of any turtle store anywhere. If you are interested in baby tortoise care, please visit our care section.
Russian tortoise weeds and GREENS
Russian tortoises are some of the smallest tortoises for sale in the USA. They are also some of the easiest to care for. Below you will find some russian tortoise plants that are edible for russian tortoises to eat.
Most super market stores have a decent selection of greens that Russian tortoises readily eat. Ideally the greens should be organic and pesticide free. However this is the real world and not all tortoise keepers have access to “ideal” food. So, I have this section as a starting point for a varied diet. The following greens are easily found in stores:
Romaine lettuce (fed on occasion)
Red and green leaf lettuce (fed on occasion)
Spring Mix (mixed salad greens)
cabbage (fed on occasion)
Don’t feed the same food day everyday… Mix varieties of food, and choose a different green as the basis every few days.
OTHER GOOD CHOICES of greens and weeds that are tortoise safe for Russian tortoises.
Some other favorites of my tortoises that are available:
Hibiscus (flowers and leaves)
Hen and Chicks
Prickly pear flowers, fruit and pads (burn the spines off)
Plantain (not the banana type fruit….the weed plantago major)
Mallow (flowers and leaves)
Rose (flowers and leaves….make sure no systemic pesticides were used)
Cornflowers Plagiobothrys ssp
Forsythia (flowers and leaves)
Dayflower Commelina diffusa (flowers and leaves)
Californian Poppy escholzia
Chia Salvia hispanicae
Before purchasing your new baby russian tortoise, or pair of russian tortoises for sale, find the right russian tortoise breeders and only purchase a captive bred russian tortoise for sale. Do not purchase a wild caught russian tortoise from a pet store!
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