Welcome to Turtle Town Sydney (note this is not a shop, I am a hobbyist located in
the lower Blue Mountains near Sydney).
Keeping Australia freshwater turtles has
become increasingly popular in recent years and these cute low maintenance pets
will provide a lifetime of enjoyment. I am an experienced turtle
keeper and breeder who has been involved in re-homing
hundreds of unwanted turtles. I hope this website will be a useful resource
for persons wishing to keep Australian native freshwater turtles, whether it
be baby turtles in inside tanks or juvenile and adult turtles kept in
outdoor ponds. Keeping turtles is not difficult, but you need to get things
set up correctly from the start. Before you phone me to make a time to
purchase a turtle, please note you will need an Animal Keepers License and
for your tank to be set up. Also please take the time to look around this
website, especially the FAQ page
and the Turtle
Care Info page because the the questions you are going to ask me are all
answered there. Be sure to also scroll down to the bottom of the page below
page for all the latest news.
|Murray River babies
||Eastern Long Neck babies
|Eastern Long Neck hatching out of it's shell
||Eastern Long Neck newly born
For your new hatchling, you will need the following:
- Native Animal Keepers Licence ($63 for 2 years) see
- An aquarium of at least 3 foot (90cm) size with a floating turtle dock
- Good quality external canister filter (not an internal type of filter)
- Water heater with guard
- Basking / heat lamp (an ordinary clip on bedside lamp from K-Mart will do)
- Aquarium light with UV fluorescent tube
- Calgrit (crushed limestone) as a substrate. You can buy that from Enfield Produce here.
(See examples of tank set-ups below)
For your tank set up we recommend The Reptile Shop
at Narellan, ph Fred 0246 471141 or Parklea Pets at Parklea Markets, or ebay for a second hand setup. Ebay is also good for new but cheap canister filters. Note you don't need to buy a "turtle tank", just buy a fish tank and add a floating dock. For new tanks and stands only you won't buy any cheaper than MS Aquariums, 7/1 Field Close, Moorebank NSW 2170. Phone Mahendra Prasad 0405 473044.
Note: Turtles do not stay small, male Eastern Long Neck turtles can grow to 21cm, females to 26cm. Sex cannot be determined when they are hatchlings.
A note for parents: Please be sure your kids realize that a turtle is a living thing, just like us, not a toy, and it should be treated gently, with care and kindness. With any type of pet ownership comes the responsibility to look after it’s need for good food and housing. Look after your pet turtle well
to keep it happy and healthy.
|Above: 2' tank set up shown for illustration purposes only (canister filter not shown). A 3' or larger size is recommended.
||Above: 4' tank setup (canister filter not shown).
I also sometimes have for sale juvenile and adult turtles suitable for outdoor ponds only (not tanks).
For an outdoor pond setup, in addition to the pond you will need:
- A good pump with a good filtration system and oxygenation, possibly
with an Ultra Violet Clarifier (UVC)
- A sunny position that gets shade also
- A land area beside the pond and above the water line with sandy soil
and plants that provide shade
- Water plants in the water to provide cover (and food for short neck
- A covered area with sand and leaf litter where they can hibernate
(for long neck turtles)
- If the pond is smooth sided, a ramp or smooth rocks placed so so
they can climb out to bask
- An enclosure with fencing about 50cm high and extending below ground
15cm or a secure yard
- Live feeder fish
- Try to make it as natural as possible
Whilst I am happy to share information via this website, please note
Turtle Town is not a shop, nor a tourist attraction, it is my backyard
hobby, ie my home, and therefore not open to the public.
Please note, I am not qualified to give veterinarian advice.
Before you phone me with any questions please read the
FAQ page and the Turtle
Care Info page, your questions will probably be answered there. This page is also recommended reading if you are considering keeping a turtle as a pet.
For enquiries contact Shane on 0404 463446