Hello, my name is Papoe…this is my first post here 🙂
I am taking over the Herptile Spotlight section from now on!! … eh? What’s that sis? …ow, Kroten said she will never give this section to me, she said I am still lack of experience 😦
Well, anyway I am here to share about my own species 🙂
My species is called Pink Belly Short Neck Turtle but some people also called me as Pink belly Side Neck Turtle because I don’t put my head inside my shell, I only bend it side-way. My scientific name is Emydura Schultzei (or Elseya Schultzei), NOT to be mistaken with my cousin Euchelymys Subglobosa or Red Belly Short Neck Turtle. My cousin is more famous than me.
Based on Zipcodezoo.com, here’s my scientific tree:
Specific name: Schultzei
I am native to the tropical regions of Papua New Guinea and Australia, hence the name Papoe 🙂
Ebooksread.com has a very good description of my species but it was written in a very difficult language and I am just a baby, I couldn’t understand what it was saying (You can read the article> here), in short, my species has pink to red belly when baby but turns a paler shade of yellowish orange when becoming adult. My plastron has no pattern like my two RES sisters, my carapace also has way less pattern compared to them. I admit that my species doesn’t have attractive pattern like RES…but that doesn’t mean I am not cute 😉
Here are a shot of an adult Elseya Schultzei (I think he is already dead). Please click on the photo to see larger image, those photos aren’t taken by Mommy.
I can reach the size of 25 cm to 30 cm when I grow up.
When Mommy bought me from a very good pet-shop, the owner is very kind and keeps us in a big aquarium with plenty of water to move around, she never realized how expensive I am. She did buy me more expensive than RES but not as expensive as the price in Turtle Sale. Com
After all those scientific thingy, the most important thing is my food 🙂
Unfortunately I can only find recommendation for my cousin, The Red Belly one, but I believe it is still applicable for me.
Based on California Turtle and Tortoise Club:
Emydura subglobosa will eat almost anything: worms, lean beef, chicken livers/hearts, fish, Trout Chow, as well as the occasional piece of banana (banana will foul the water rather quickly), various greens such as Romaine lettuce, escarole, and slivers of zucchini squash. A calcium block, which you can make from plaster of Paris mixed with water and dried, should be in their water at all times.
Based on Austin Turtle’s Page:
In captivity, they do well on Mazuri and ReptoMin, Reptile/Pond 10, Cichlid Sticks, feeder fish, crickets, assorted insects and ghost shrimp.
Right now, Mommy is giving me blood-worm once a day (as breakfast) and pellets or veggie (also once a day as lunch). Mommy wants me not to dependent too much on worm but she also doesn’t want me to stop eating because of a sudden change of food. When a baby stops eating, it was time for turtle parents to start worrying and she doesn’t want that to happen.
Based on Velles – Russian Quarantine Center, here are my cousins: (all the photos belong to them)
I also found this cute photo of my species…isn’t she cute? I am sure I will be that cute too 😉
Last but not least….my photo 🙂
I was admiring my own reflection 😉