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Asian Leaf Turtles are relatively easy to keep in captivity once they have acclimated and been cleaned out for parasites (there is usually a 50% mortality at least for imported individuals). They do best in an environment that is room temperature (70 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit) and a "hot spot" is not vital, nor is a full-spectrum light. They are very hardy little turtles once they acclimate.

Suitable substrates for the Leaf Turtle include crushed bark or a mixture of potting soil and mulch. They should be provided with a shallow water dish to drink from and soak in. They enjoy burrowing, and the substrate should be deep enough to facilitate this behavior. They also should be provided with hiding places such as logs they can hide under.

In captivity Leaf Turtles can be fed on a mostly carnivorous diet of worms, slugs, and snails, but they should also be given plant matter. They should also be given a calcium supplement.

Leaf Turtles are bred in captivity. Spengleri breed constantly, but most eggs are laid during the winter months. One or two very large eggs are produced by individual females. They can lay 4 to 5 clutches during the season. The eggs should be kept on damp vermiculite at a temperature of about 78 degrees Fahrenheit. They hatch within 60 to 90 days. Neonates take slugs and small worms two weeks or so after hatching. Captive bred animals are extremely hardy and worth seeking out.

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