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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!

Bob Palmatier

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.terrapins for sale

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. pink belly side neck turtle 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 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 Temperature and Lighting

   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.

Temperature and Lighting

Pink-bellied side-necked turtles are aquatic turtles, and spend most of their time in the water. They do require daylight, and do best in natural sunlight. If they are kept indoors, they need a full-spectrum light, or the combination of a 75-watt spotlight and a Vita-lite or other UVB bulb, during daylight hours. They do best in water kept at temperatures between 66 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, although hatchlings need somewhat warmer water with temperatures in the low 70’s to low 80’s. The temperature of the turtles’ water can be monitored with a thermometer permanently affixed to the side of their tank.

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. pink belly side neck turtle 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 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 Habitat

   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.

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 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.

Russian Tortoise Breeding

AS a russian tortoise breeder, we specialize in all types of russian tortoise for sale online.  Our baby russian tortoises are all captive bred and 100% are not wild caught.  Baby russian tortoise for sale is very popular but due to lower egg counts, russian tortoises for sale are not cheap.  The average russian tortoise price for a captive bred baby is around 215.00-220.00.  Russian tortoises that are found for sale at prices under 200.00 are normally wild caught specimens and can be as old as 60 years old!

Captive-bred Russian tortoises (Agrionemys [Testudo] horsfieldi) should be the only pets when looking to purchase this species. They are less likely to harbor parasites and disease. They have not experienced the stress of capture that can strain their health. And they adapt to captivity easily given that they have known nothing else.

When selecting a tortoise to start your own breeding program, buying a captive-bred animal is the only way to go. Check out the background of any breeder you are considering buying from and set up the appropriate environment for your captives before every bringing them home. They should have indoor and outdoor access as needed.

BREEDING your Russian tortoise

A pet Russian Tortoise may commence its breeding rituals when it is large enough in size rather than when it reaches a particular age. These animals are long lived so holding back their breeding by separating the males and females, until they are older larger and healthier is sometimes beneficial for the breeding of a healthy clutch of hatchlings.

Mating is not seasonal; a tortoise may breed at any time of year. The male of the Russian Tortoise species can be aggressive and a little peculiar during the mating ceremony. It will circle the female tortoise again and again, while nipping at her face and legs. While doing this his gaze is fixated on the female tortoise and he jerks his head up and down as if saying yes, yes. Finally, the male turtle mounts the female from behind, producing wild squealing sounds as he does so.

If the female has become impregnated, she will lay a clutch of up to five eggs. These eggs must be kept in conditions which resemble those in the natural environment for them to hatch successfully. For a female tortoise who lives indoors a box packed with substrate mix will make a good nest for the eggs. For the tortoise who lives outdoors a large pile of sand mixed with garden soil will provide a comfortable place for the female to bury the eggs.

The hatchlings are slow to break out of the egg and it may take them up to 2 days to complete this process even if they are using the special egg tooth which has grown in their mouth for this single purpose. If the hatchlings have a yolk sac still attached to them when they emerge from the egg, these little creatures should remain in the incubator until the sac has absorbed, giving them extra nutrients after the hatching process.

To maintain the eggs at a temperature of 86F  it will be necessary to remove them from the nest and put them into an incubator like hovabator or artificial incubator into which a small metal bucket filled with water has been placed; this will help to create a good level of humidity for the eggs to hatch in. Eggs can be packed into a container filled with moist vermiculate after they have been removed from the nest; remove the eggs from the nest extremely carefully and do not turn them over or change their position at all. It has been said that low incubation temperatures produce male hatchlings, while higher temperatures during incubation produce female hatchlings. Whether this is true or not, the eggs should hatch within 8-12 weeks given the proper care. Candling the eggs can be done in dark room to determine if they are fertile or not.

During the two-week period before the turtles begin to eat, they will continue to live off the reserve nutrients from the yolk sac. To encourage the tortoises to drink after they have hatched it can be a good idea to wash them gently in a container of warm water.

A healthy female tortoise may lay two to three clutches of eggs per year, although the processes of impregnation and laying can also be influenced by the environment that the tortoise lives in.

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)
Endive
Escarole
Radicchio
Chicory
Turnip greens
Mustard greens
Kale
Collards
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)
Hosta
Sedum
Mulberry leaves
Hen and Chicks
Ice Plants
Prickly pear flowers, fruit and pads (burn the spines off)
Dandelion
Plantain (not the banana type fruit….the weed plantago major)
Mallow (flowers and leaves)
Henbit
Rose (flowers and leaves….make sure no systemic pesticides were used)
Chrysanthemum flowers
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!