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Fly River Turtles should be kept in a large pond or pool with water temperature of between 79 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit (26.1 to 30 Celsius). Adult females must have access to land for nesting purposes. Captive Fly River Turtles will do well on a diet of fruits such as kiwi, figs, and bananas and vegetables. They should also be offered fish and shrimp occasionally. Like other species the Fly River Turtle also eats turtle pellets as well as the roots of aquatic plants.

Like many soft-shelled turtles, Fly River Turtles are particularly susceptible to fungal white spot, which if not treated promptly can kill an immature individual within a week. Some hobbyists report that it can be effectively treated externally. First all loose skin and scabs should be removed then the area should be treated with anti-fungal medications. If you suspect your turtle has white spot consult your veterinarian. This condition can lead to death if left untreated. Signs of serious illness are lethargy and loss of appetite.

It has been reported that Fly River Turtles should not be kept with 'sucker fish' (any fish that attaches to things to eat algae etc.). The reason being is that if the Fly River Turtle has any open wounds on their shells, the 'suckers fish' will further wound their shells and may even make them bleed.

Additionally it has been reported that water changes and tank cleaning should be done quickly. The reason for this is that both of these procedures cause the turtles stress. The stress can in turn cause them to 'self crack'. 'Self cracking' means that their skin will peel and they will become much less active, though they usually feed normally. When this happens it takes a week or so on average for them to return to normal.

In the wild, Fly River Turtles nest in clean fine sand near water. They lay clutches of between 7 and 39 eggs, depending on the size and location of the turtle. More than one female may lay eggs in a single nest. The eggs hatch after about 60 or 70 days of incubation.

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