Turtles and Terrapins are mainly aquatic, coming to land to basking in the sun.
Common Musk TurtleSternptherus ororatus
The Common Musk Turtle is an ideal beginner species due to their adult size and ease of care. They are also known as Stinkpot Turtles due to a smelly liquid they produce from musk glands when threatened.
Painted Wood TurtleRhinoclemmys pulcherimma
The Painted Wood Turtle is an attractive species with thin red lines on the face; yellow, red and black ringed scutes. They reach an adult size of 18 to 20cm.
Red Bellied Short Necked TurtleEmydura subglobosa
The Red Bellied Short Necked Turtle is also known as a Jardine River Turtle and reach a length of 25cm. They are great swimmers, love to bask and are ideal for beginners.
Reeves TurtleChinemys reevesii
The Reeves Turtle reach an adult length of around 12cm, these make a great hardy beginner species of turtle. Young should be kept in shallow water until they are older as babies are poor swimmers.
Yellow Bellied TurtleTrachemys scripta scripta
Yellow Belly Turtles are one of the best beginner species to keep. They reach a size between 5 to 8 inch, females are larger.
African Helmeted TurtlePelomedusa subrufa subrufa
African Helmeted Turtle are relatively small turtles. They are found throughout Africa, from Ghana all the way to the Cape of Africa.
African Side Neck TurtlePelusios gabonensis
African Side Neck Turtles are found in rivers, lakes and slow-moving streams in South Africa.
Chinese Soft Shell TurtleTrionyx sinensis
The Chinese Soft Shell Turtle grows to a maximum length of 25cm. They are an aquatic species found in Taiwan and China.
Chinese Striped Neck TurtleOcadia sinensis
The Chinese Striped Neck Turtle reaches a maximum length of 25cm, although averages at 20cm. Youngsters are mainly carnivorous whereas adults tend to be herbivorous.
Common Snapping TurtleChelydra serpentine
Common snapping turtles have powerful jaws that snap very quickly. A single snap could bite off a finger, so best to leave them alone.
Diamondback TerrapinMalaclemys terrapin
The Diamondback Terrapin is native to the brackish waters and reedy marshes along the eastern cost of USA from Massachusetts to Texas and North Carolina. These are a medium sized terrapin reaching between 10 and 20cm, females being larger.
Florida Soft Shell TurtleApalone ferox
The Florida Soft Shell Turtle has a leathery carapace instead of a hard shell, hence their name. They are a large species with females reaching an adult size of up to 60cm, males are much smaller staying around 35cm.
Hieroglyphic River CooterPseudemys concinna hieroglyphica
The Hieroglyphic River Cooter is mainly an aquatic turtle species that prefers moderate current in the water. They reach an adult length of 12 to 16 inches.
Mississippi Map TurtleGraptemys pseudogeographica
Mississippi Map Turtles are relatively small to medium sized, this depends on the gender. They can be found in the river systems of Mississippi and Missouri.
Peninsula CooterPseudemys floridana
The Peninsula cooter is a large species of turtle which is found along the southeastern costal plain of the United States.
Pink Bellied Snapping TurtleElseya schultzei
The Pink Bellied Snapping Turtle is also know as a Northern New Guinea Snapping Turtle. These are a medium to large sized turtle reaching an adult size of 30cm.
Razorback Musk TurtleSternotherus carinatus
Razorback Musk Turtles are almost entirely aquatic found in dense plants and slow moving waters. They have a distinctive sharp keel down the center of their shell, giving them their common name.
Red Bellied TurtlePseudemys nelsoni
The Red Bellied Turtle is a great beginner species, they are very communal and will happily share their enclosure with other related species. They reach an adult size of between 18 and 33cm, females being the largest.
Roti Island Snake Necked TurtleChelodina mccordi
The Roti Island Snake Necked Turtle is one of the rarest of the Snake Necked Turtles and the only one CITES listed. They are a medium to large turtle reaching a shell length between 18 to 24cm.
Siebenrocks Snake Necked TurtleChelodina siebenrocki
The Siebenrocks Snake Necked Turtle is an aquatic species that rarely comes out to bask. They are not a beginner species to due to their requirements and adult length of 35cm.
South American Twist Neck TurtlePlatemys platycephala
The Twist Neck Turtle inhabits tropical rivers of Guyana, Peru, Brazil and other areas in North America. They are a medium sized Turtle, reaching an adult size of 18cm.
South American Wood TurtleRhinoclemmys punctularia
The South American Wood Turtle is an ideal beginner species, they inhabits ponds and marshes of Brazil and Columbia. Adults reach a length between 20 and 30cm, females being larger.
Spiny Soft Shell TurtleTrionyx spinifer
The spiny softshell turtle is one of the largest freshwater species of turtle in North America. They get their name from the cone shapes on the front of their carapace.
Sumatra Leaf TurtleCyclemys dentata
The Sumatra Leaf Turtle can reach an adult size of up to 25cm. Youngsters tend to be mainly aquatic whereas adults spend more time on land.
West African Mud TurtlePelusios castaneus
West African Mud Turtle are medium to large, females can reach a size of 29cm, males are generally smaller. They spend most of their time within weedy waters of West Africa.