Of all the millions of turtles born each year, there are only a few Siamese (connected twins) that hatch out. Until now, they have always been Red Eared Sliders. In early July, this eye opening Siamese Yellow Belly Hatched out – it has been thriving ever since. Easily one of the rarest ever, this turtle is clearly one of a kind. At the back of their shell they are one turtle – with just two back legs and one tail with a small fork at the end. On the front side, there are two shell fronts, 4 front legs and of course, two heads. Both heads have their own distinct colors and both eat well and each has it’s own distinct personality. The left head (on the turtle’s left) is more reserved – but then in sudden bursts of energy becomes even more outgoing than it’s twin. The head on the turtle’s right is consistently outgoing and inquisitive. Together they have learned to navigate their tank, eat together and bask quite well. Aside from some extra attention to be sure their tank is suitable for them, they have the same description and care as individual yellow bellies – which follows:
Yellow Bellied Sliders are mostly aquatic and love to bask. They make excellent starter turtles, and adults will add color to outdoor ponds in all but the coldest temperature zones. They do well in tanks, with primarily water setups, and get along very well when kept with most other species.
They bask frequently, and often pile on top of each other for the highest possible sunning position. In community set ups, Yellow Bellied Sliders are usually the first turtle that will become tame – setting the example for other species. Yellow Bellied Sliders are omnivorous, eating pellets, most greens, insects, fish, mollusks etc. Water plants are a favorite food and a favorite“hang out. They are a fine species for community tanks and ponds.