While wearing her costume again, Zoya checked to make sure she hadn’t missed any potential treats today and tried to look cute for humom so she’d at least get a bigger breakfast. 

While wearing her costume again, Zoya checked to make sure she hadn’t missed any potential treats today and tried to look cute for humom so she’d at least get a bigger breakfast. 


My animals crack me up.
Owen doesn’t know his size and Sophie is an attention whore.

Clearly this household is ruled by its animals. That’s my kinda household. 

I remember when Zoya was still unaware that she’d grown. She used to be able to crawl under my desk chair then she just got too big and started knocking things over. She’s a determined little shell. 

(Note: Be careful when letting you shells run around. never leave them unsupervised especially around wires and such.)



Submitted by teenagegodmomma :

Hi! I was recently given this little dude and I need soooo much help.

I don’t know what he is to begin with. 

I also need to know what to feed him, what to house him in, what the bedding should be, what kind of light to buy, how much light he needs and pretty much anything else I would need to know to care for this tiny guy. 

Right now he is in a hamster cage that is about a foot on all sides and he has a water dish that is big enough for him to soak in (he spends maybe 30 mins every day just chiling in it). It has clay in it and some rocks that he climbs on. I feed him worms that I buy from Walmart. I have just a regular lamp on him when I’m home.

I know this isn’t a good set up but I wasn’t planning on adopting a little friend and I really need some help!

If you could please email me with some advice at amandalyn0629@yahoo.com I would really appreciate it! 

Hey there! So I did some asking around and thanks to @oceanshamen ‘s help it seems like you’ve got a young Chinese Golden Thread (striped neck) turtle hatchling. They aren’t native, but have been found a lot in Florida.  A pond loving turtle that enjoys basking, so a pond/tank, basking platform, and some good UVB/UVA lighting is needed.  Can’t be sure, not seeing him/her in person and not being a vet. I’d say if you acquired him/her you’ll probably want to take a trip to a vet that specializes in exotics to ensure he/she is healthy, parasite free, and verify the set up. 

Anyone else have thoughts?? Answers enabled! 

From Western Mass. Turtle Rescue:

SCIENTIFIC NAME Ocadia sinensis

ADULT SIZE  Male   6” – 8”            Female   10” – 12”


An omnivorous turtle, but hatchlings and males tend to be more carnivorous feeding on insects, larvae, worms, crustaceans, and carrion, but will take in variety of water vegetation.

Females and older turtles will be primarily herbivorous.


Air Temperature:  Low to mid 80s F

Basking Temperature:  Mid 80s F to mid 90s F

Water Temperature: Mid 70s F to mid 80s F

Captive-bred specimens usually acclimate readily to proper enclosures and be fairly parasite-free. Imported wild-caught Chinese Golden Threads require deparasitization which may be outside the newcomer’s experience or desire and must consult a reptile veterinarian


An enthusiastic basking turtle that often spends most of the day basking. A heat lamp and UVB light source are essential. A submersible heater is recommended, but they can withstand cool temperatures when kept in an outdoor pond. It is recommended that they be over-wintered indoors. Some specimens may hibernate as well, but it is not recommended.


For adult males, a minimum 55 gallon tank or larger, while females should have at least a 75 gallon tank. They are reasonably good swimmers and the water should be fairly deep, albeit with driftwood or other ‘tank furniture’ to provide resting areas near the surface. Ocadia sinensis are excellent turtles for ponds habitats and easy to care for


Hatchlings will feed on insects, worms, dried shrimp, dried fish, turtle/fish pellets and water vegetation. Adults tend to be more herbivorous and will take in Anacharis, water lettuce, duckweed, other aquatic plants and varied leafy greens such as dandelions, romaine lettuce, kale, collards greens and etc. Always keep leafy greens or aquatic vegetation in the tank and feed turtle pellets sparingly two or three times a week to adults.


A hardy turtle and a prolific breeder. However, many imported wild-caught specimens have nicks and pitting from shell rot and/or fungus. Due to the stresses of transit in bad conditions, wild-caught turtles may arrive dehydrated and stressed, making examining the prospective purchase or dealing with a trusted vendor necessary. Deparasitization is a must for wild-caught Chinese Golden Threads, while captive bred specimens are fairly easy to care for similarly to other basking species (cooters, sliders and painted turtles). However, mixing species from distant geographical regions is discouraged since it will increase the likelihood of exposing new diseases.

Hatchlings are highly attractive with light grey/green carapace and orange/yellow discontinuous stripes on the three keels. The striking long-tailed hatchlings, are active and popular pet turtles in Asia comparable to the popularity and availability of the Red Eared Slider (RES) of North America.

Even more info here on the World Chelonian Trust site


How sure are you? Looks an awful lot like a box turtle hatchling to us. 
His shell is consistent with Littlefoot’s- who we know for sure to be a box turtle.  
He’s definitely not a water turtle because his toes are not webbed. 

Young box turtles eat mostly protein- think bugs, worms, occasionally chicken, eggs… you get the picture. They should also be offered veggies and some fruit but they aren’t likely to want them as fast. Fruit and veggies such as carrots, romaine lettuce, kale, blueberries, banana, strawberries.. ect. 

Thee tank you have him in doesn’t sound too bad- keep in mind the turtle will grow and need more space- but it will work for the time being.  What is the substrate? The soaking in water for 30 minutes a day really throws up the box turtle flag because they love to soak. 

Worms are good to feed him, but you need to add variety to his diet. Also, a basking lamp is pertinent! A UVB lamp should be soon to come after it. 

We definitely aren’t positive. I asked around on the mailing list and twitter (where some turtle rescuers reside) and that was the general consensus based on the coloring on the limbs and the shell shape and tail. That said, those I asked deal more with expotics and I’m a tortoise owner. Not as familiar with Boxies (sometimes the details distract from the big picture. ACK).  So glad you all are chiming in. WIll email and make sure this info is getting passed along. 


It takes a village to raise a healthy shell 😀 Thanks so much for the responses and keep em coming if you have any thoughts.