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Caramel Pastel Spotted Turtle: Clemmys guttata

Category: Other North American Turtles

Experience Level: Advanced [?]

Description

Maybe it was the extremely cold winter we had this year - or just very good luck, but this hatching season saw two incredibly colored Spotted Turtles hatch out for us. Neither has any of the coloring of a spotted turtle at all. Each is colored in tans, yellows and, even oranges. Their tails are creamy white and their legs are golden yellow with dark striping on the back - neither turtle has a single spot anywhere on it... Only in Caramel Pink Albino Red Eared Sliders have these colors been seen before... If similar in nature, it is likely, that just as with the Sliders, the Caramel gene can be passed to the next generation - or combined with other traits, like albinism...

Ten years ago, a single Spotted Turtle looking very similar to these two hatched out and ended up going to Japan for nearly double our price. Since then, there have been many captive born spotted turtles hatched - but until now, none like these...

They both eat and behave exactly the same as normal colored spotted turtles - whose description follows:

Spotted Turtles are one of the prettiest of all the North American turtles. Most are jet black with a few or many bright yellow spots. Breeders like to work with turtles that have more, and or bigger spots. Once acclimated, this very intelligent species is extremely personable, comes to feeding and is very active and rewarding for keepers.

Spotteds are tricky to work with. In order to thrive, their water mustn't be chlorinated, and is better when the PH is more acidic, they need a high protein diet that includes: worms, fish, pellets, insects and some plants, they need cool water, and good basking opportunities. Very good basking bulbs will work in during times when outside keeping is not possible, but natural sunlight is key for this species' success. Breeding sized males will drown females in deep water, so keeping the sexes separate most of the time keeps stress levels down.

Spotted Turtle populations have come out on the short end of interaction with man for some time now. Habitat destruction, road kills, over collecting, pollution and higher racoon populations all have led to the protection of this species through out their natural range. Only through the efforts of breeders is this species available for keepers. Our captive born Spotted Turtles can only be shipped to states that they occur naturally in (Maine south to Georgia, west to Illinois) if the recipient has obtained the proper state permit. Non range states are fine to ship to.

Anyone who's ever kept Spotteds will tell you that this is one of the most delightful and enjoyable of all species to keep - and is well worth the effort to set up and maintain properly.

* Remember, each turtle order comes with a free starter sample of the same Turtle diet your Turtle has been raised on - this will last one small turtle a few weeks - to order larger quantities, see the lower left side of this page.*

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1: Top & bottom pictured Caramel-Pastel Spotted Turtle - only 1 available: *Sorry This Turtle Has Been Ordered*

Shipping Size: SMALL

Pricing: 1 or more: $5,995.00/ea.

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2: Middle Pictured Caramel-Pastel Spotted Turtle - only 1 available: *Sorry, this turtle has been ordered *

Shipping Size: SMALL

Pricing: 1 or more: $5,995.00/ea.

Availability: Temporarily Out of Stock

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