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Mata-Mata Turtle

Mata-Mata Turtle species profile.

My lizard has not eaten since I got her, and she also has a bottlejaw, which I think is from hypoproteinemia due to parasites. Can you help?
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mata-mata turtle

The mata-mata turtle (Chelus fumbriatus) appears occasionally in the pet trade. The mata-mata is a sedentary, aquatic species that has a remarkable appearance. They prefer shallow waters where they can breathe by extending their long necks and tubed noses to the surface.

Adequate space is important for the mata-mata turtle. One or two small, semiaquatic turtles could properly live in at least a 40 gallon breeder size tank, but more space is always preferable. Cleanliness is essential for the health of the turtles. Enclosures should be cleaned frequently.


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Water temperatures between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit are fine for the mata-mata turtle. Vitamin D and calcium supplements, used in conjunction with full-spectrum lighting, will give turtles a better chance at good health.