Our Turtle & Tortoise Care Sheets are meant as a general guideline to caring for your Turtle/Tortoise. Every specific species requires it's own unique care - while many species are overlapping and can be kept with other species that have similar needs.
For even more details about the needs of a specific species - or for ideas about which different species will go well together (many do), please contact us by phone or email - thank you.
Chicken turtles are loved by those who keep them. Their alert yet inquisitive nature, beautiful reticulated shells, and vertically striped rumps are some of their endearing qualities.
Chicken turtles are found from Virginia south to Florida and west to Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Adult female chicken turtles can attain 9-10 inches (25 cm). Mature males are slightly smaller.
Chicken turtles are found in still waterways in nature. Ponds, lakes, and swamps. Their enclosure should be very similar to that described for Sliders but we place a rock or piece of driftwood at the outlet for the filter to keep the water from being dropped too aggressively back into the enclosure. We also add some oak leaves and a few extra live plants to give these secretive babies some extra hiding spots. Adding an extra basking spot or two is also recommended.