Monday, 18 March 2013

Care of Indian Tent Turtle (Pangshura Tentoria):-

It is also sold as Singapore Turtle or American Turtle along with Red Eared Sliders as they resemble them when young. Since it was my first turtle and I didn't knew much about turtles at that time so  couldn't take pictures of it. The images below are courtesy of www.chelonia.org and google.





From the images above you can see clearly why it is so easy for them to be confused for Red eared sliders by inexperienced keepers.

Enclosure:

the basic enclosure is same as any other turtle species containing a tank, water, substrate if  you want (personally i don't prefer substrate as it clogs up with uneaten food and poop etc.), a strong filtration system, a basking platform, a basking light and a thermostat to keep the water temperature constant around 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have a pond then ensure that it is properly covered and protected from predators like Kite, Cats, dogs etc. and that the turtle cannot climb it.
the basic idea of enclosure can be shown as:
a basic tank setup for keeping turtles 
     make  sure that the basking platform is accessible to the turtle and he can climb on it. for basking light use 80-100 W bulb and if you can, provide a UV light also for the Turtle at basking site, you can get it from online sources, if not then make sure that you let your turtle out in sunlight at least for 2 hrs. a day.

Diet and miscellaneous:

It is omnivorous, means it eats every thing. I have fed it variety including Ghost Shrimps, crickets, earthworms,snails, mosquito larva, aquatic insects,feeder fish, aquatic plants, spinach, carrot, radish leaves etc. Initially it eats everything but as they grow they start preferring more vegetarian diet.
Size of this turtle varies from 8"-12". Females grow to a larger size than males but males are brighter in color.  Not much Information is available on their breeding and I was also not able to find a female for breeding. If anyone has any information they are welcome to share it here and I will be sure to acknowledge them.
Also in my opinion they are one of the intelligent species of turtles and are playful, after they get attached to you and start identifying you as their owner they will play around with you and would even come to you if they see you after a long time.
One word of caution for the keepers, even if they are playful and seem cute, they are turtles and not cat/dog so limit touching and holding them in your hands because they may harbor typhoid bacteria or any other virulent organism, also its stressful for your turtle if he/she doesn't like it. Imagine yourself hanging in air for most of your day and then place your turtle in your place, this is how they feel when they are hanging in your hands. Even if they start liking it or become habitual for it you are changing their natural behavior, so if you can avoid touching them much. This is true for any turtle/tortoise species.

                                                            By: Dr. Siddharth Mishra

 



Disclaimer: The medicines/ treatment and methods of taking care of the turtle/tortoise described here are in no way perfect on their own and patented by the author, they are the result of collective experiences of the author and his readings and by his associations to other keepers and should not be used as an alternative to Professional Vetrinarian advice, Readers should use their discretion when using the medicines and/or care sheet described here, the authors can't be held responsible for any damage, loss, side effect or death of any animal / pet due to negligence of the keeper or the caretaker using any of the above methodologies and treatments.
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