Yellow Bellied Turtle
The yellow belly turtle is one of the many turtle species out there. Generally this type of turtle is found in the Eastern United States, but, is also found in the UK. They have different names according to the region including Slider and Yellow Bellied Terrapin. Its scientific name or Latin name is Trachemys scripta elegans.
Female yellow bellied turtles are normally larger than the males thus making it a bit easier when identifying the gender of these animals. The adult males are generally in a range between about 5 to 8 inches long while the adult females are around 8 to 13 inches long.
This particular species can live for 100 years and up, especially when properly cared for. Their average lifespan is currently around 25 years or so.
Yellow Belly Turtle Diet
Yellow bellied turtles, eating habits vary depending on the age and their environment. These turtles are omnivorous. In the case of young turtles, they tend to feed more on meat as the protein is important for early development. As they age and grow to become adults vegetation tends to become their preference.
Some of the varieties of things they feed on are amphibian larvae, snails, insect larvae, fish fry and small crustaceans along with the land and water plants. In addition to these things, crickets, meal worms, wax worms, blood worms, and daphnia are also a nice addition to their pallet.
Keeping a Yellow Belly Turtle as a pet requires a bit of focus on their diet. Providing them with commercial food is generally enough, but a variety surely would be appreciated. Serving some meat and fish in small portions and on occasion is good for them as there are a lot of nutrients in them. Veggies and commercial food will be fine to fill the remaining gap. Adult males are normally more carnivorous and adult females are more herbivorous.
Yellow Belly Habitat
It is an aquatic freshwater turtle species and hence normally prefers to live in warmer waters found in the UK. Even though they are good at swimming, they want to spend most of their time by basking in the sun on logs and rocks for relaxation. These turtles are normally social, but can still bite. If bitten, there is no danger as the turtles don’t have any poison but you may have a sore finger.
Small groups of turtles can be kept together. But, it is necessary to consider the size of tank and filtration systems. As they grow, they will produce more waste and require more space to exercise as well as have their own place for basking. If you are planning to have multiple turtles, a custom setup would be the best choice. It is important to keep this in mind, imaging if you had kept the same shirt or pair of shoes from when you were 12 years old.
Some final thoughts on the habitat are: size of the tank, diet, lighting, water filtration and climate. Adding decor such as live pond plants can be very good not just from an asthetics point of view but also from a filtration standpoing as well as maybe a snack too.
You can see a few different types in our turtle habitat section.
Yellow Bellied Turtle Predators
The young turtles can be easily consumed by herons, big fish and large turtles. This is due to the imbalanced shell, which doesn’t close all the way. But, in the case of adults it provides little protection from the mammalian predators including domestic dogs, raccoon’s and foxes.