*** An important note: as keepers all over the world have finally recognized how close this species is to extinction in nature, their price has and will continue to rise very quickly. ***
Here is another species who's survival is threatened by over collecting for the Chinese food markets. Only because of the hard work of some better American breeders, its that this rare species is available.
Recently, many keepers worldwide have recognized the rarity and importance of this species - so their value has appropriately risen - most turtle experts agree that this development is long over due.
Reaching only six inches in length, Vietnamese Pond Turtles make fine animals for indoor set ups. They like to bask, and make good use of deeper water. They are omnivorous, taking both plant and protein rich foods. A tropical turtle, they do well in outside ponds during summer months, or in overall warmer climates.