Chinese Golden Thread Turtles (Ocadia sinensis) are found in the lowland swamps, ponds and marshes of southern China, Taiwan and North Vietnam. They are well known for their very pretty yellow green to golden head and neck stripes, Golden Thread turtles are very active swimmers and bask frequently.
True omnivores, Chinese Golden Thread Turtles eat a variety of aquatic plants, and some insects and fish. Ours readily take pellets, super worms, cut fish, earth worms and romaine lettuce. Their needs are very simple, they are semi aquatic turtles that don't mind deeper water.
Ocadia sinensis has long been the victim of intense pressure from the Chinese food markets. It's status in the wild is at best uncertain. It is the hard work of a few innovative American breeders that make limited numbers of them available in the US...
I received my little gal, Sage, a couple days ago. (pretty sure it's a female, the tail is much shorter and rounded at the end than my definitely male 4 year old golden thread, T-Ray). She was alert and active the moment I took her out of her container. She was a 'minor imperfection', but really the only 'imperfection' I could see was a slight blemish on the back corner of her shell, and the spots on the plastron are not full circles like they are on T-Ray. Not sure if that's considered a 'minor imperfection' or not, but I like it, especially since it'll be easy to tell the two apart when she gets bigger. She's a beautiful, healthy little turtle. I'm extremely happy with her.
I ordered a hatchling Chinese golden thread turtle with minor imperfections. Prior to purchasing, I spoke a few times with the customer support to ask a few questions. They were extremely prompt and professional!
The turtle was shipped overnight, and arrived safely the next day. The turtle packaged securely along with turtle pellets. The minor imperfection was a nicked tail. My turtle's shell was beautiful (with the three spike stripes characteristic of this species)! No shell rot or other deformities.
I was surprised how happy my turtle (Sifu) is! Sifu was kept in a plastic bin for a couple of days for observation. Sifu immediately ate pellets, mealworms, and romaine lettuce. Poop looked normal. After a few days, I placed Sifu into my 40 gallon tank with some neon tetra tankmates. Sifu looks extremely healthy and happy, and started basking immediately. I am looking forward to taking care of Sifu for a long time! They apparently live up to 60 years.
I am extremely happy with my purchase! Turtle was healthy, the pricing was reasonable, shipping was prompt, and customer support was helpful. Definitely would refer others to here for buying their next turtle!