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Argentine Side Necked Turtle: Phrynops hilarii
Category: Garden Pond Turtles
Here is a great turtle for cooler (and warmer)Northern Ponds. Their exotic looks and their unbelievably outgoing personalities make you think of a tropical species, but Argentine Side-Necked Turtles come from temperate regions, and don't mind colder temperatures. We keep our hand raised pond sized Hillarii in outdoor ponds in temps close to freezing in winter. An excellent pond turtle, these guys have some nice color variations, and get along with all other species quite well. Their description and care follows:
Argentine Side-Necked Turtles: Phrynops hilarii, are most commonly just called“Hilarii”and are found from southern Brazil through Uruguay into central Argentina. Hilarii are active swimmers, and are best known for their tan or silver/gray coloration, and their intense black stripe running from the tip of their nose, straight through their eyes, to the back of their heads. Their most note worthy physical trait is their prominent pair of chin barbels, which detect motion and vibrations in the murkiest of water.
Argentine Side- Necked Turtles are carnivores and readily eat fish, meat and pellets. In tanks they are very lively and do well in water in the 70s; with UVB basking in the high 80s. PH in the low sixes is recommended. Hillarii are temperate turtles so larger animals can go outdoors in moderate climates.
Hilarii are one of only two turtle species whose adult males develop bright head and trunk colors that signal reproductive readiness and attract females. All sizes make good community turtles. As with many south American turtles, Argentine Side-Necked Turtles are a very unique species to keep.
* 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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