Peninsula Cooter

Caring for you Peninsula Cooter
The first thing to know about me is I’m not a small turtle – I can grow up to 50cm! So, I need a turtle keeper who can give me all the space I require to live a long, healthy, happy life.

I love to bask and am a good swimmer, so I need plenty of space for both land and water in my home.

I’m a personable turtle and make a great pet, but because I need such a large setup, I’m probably more suitable for experienced turtle keepers.

Species Profile
Scientific name: Pseudemys peninsularis

Adult size: Up to 50cm (20 inches)

Average lifespan: 20–40 years

Suggested for: Experience turtle keepers

Housing: Turtle tank at least 120cm long and 30cm high, with a strong filter and an intense UVB light

Environmental requirements: Water temperature of 25°C, basking platform with a temperature of 26–37°C

Diet: Mix of turtle food, insects, worms and meat