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Mature Cogwheel Turtles need a large enclosure with separate land and water areas. The enclosure should be very humid. The Cogwheel Turtle can also be kept outdoors when weather permits. The air temperature should be about 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius), with a warmer basking area about 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius). At night the temperature should drop to about 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius). The water should be kept at about 74 degrees Fahrenheit ( 23.5 degrees Celsius). When kept indoors, they need full spectrum UV lighting on them for about 13 hours per day.

Cogwheel Turtles do well on a diet consisting mostly of fruits and dark leafy green vegetables. They also enjoy tomatoes. It is recommended that about 10% of the diet consist of meaty items such as earthworms and canned low-fat dog food (a premium brand).

Cogwheel Turtles usually mate between December and February. They generally mate after the rainy season, which can be mimicked by spraying water directly on the turtles. The male then chases the female into water to mate. In captivity, females lay as many as three clutches of one or two eggs per year. They lay eggs in nests they dig. The incubation period is about 106 days, with a temperature of between 28 and 30 degrees Celsius for the first 35 days and a few degrees cooler the remaining time.

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