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MACROCHELODINA RUGOSA

MACROCHELODINA RUGOSA

CHELODINA SIEBENROCKI (MACROCHELODINA RUGOSA)

DISTRIBUTION

Macrochelodina Rugosa is located on the southern coast of New Guinea and the northern coast of Australia.

HABITAT
Not very deep water streams, rivers, lagoons and swamps, with aquatic vegetation, sandy and muddy bottoms.

BEHAVIOURAL CHARACTERISTICS

The Siebenrocki is an aquatic species and skilled in swimming.
They do not spend time on earth, apart the females for laying or occasionally for exposing themselves to the sun.
It is not an aggressive species, if annoyed it snorts and swells the neck in way to frighten the possible aggressor.

KEEPING IN CAPTIVITY
This species can be bred outdoors only during the warm season, between May and September. For pond farming it is necessary that it is large and deep enough, positioned so as to ensure large areas of shade; it must not have steep embankments and must be provided with emerging parts, such as logs, to facilitate the exit from the water in case the turtle wants to expose itself to the sun.
For the breeding in aquaterrarium, if we consider the size of the turtle including the long neck, it is necessary that it too is ample, with a relatively small emerged area formed by not sharp stones, trunks or cork bark. The aquaterrarium must also be equipped with a lamp that produces uva-b rays. 

FEEDING
It is a carnivorous species, it can be administered freshwater fish (water, trout, bleak etc.), insects (crickets, earthworms, chamois), tadpoles, small crustaceans and molluscs; in an occasional vegetal way, for instance aquatic small plants.

LETHARGY
No, the temperatures in the original areas remain constant throughout the year.

Source: Tarta Club Italia