Chinese Golden Thread Overview
The Chinese Golden Thread pattern consists of bright yellow stripes contrasted with darker stripes (ranging from green to brown to black) on the face, neck, and limbs. The head’s crown is deep-green to black, and eyes are a glowing gold with a dark horizontal bar through the iris and occasionally several partial bars or spots, as well. Usually broad yellow swirls are on the underside of the limbs and soft tissue within the shell cavities.
Golden Thread Turtle Aquatic Turtle Housing
In captivity O. sinensis is a very undemanding charge. At a minimum, five items are required to provide them with a safe, healthy environment: a secure, suitably sized container; a sturdy basking platform allowing the turtle to emerge from water and dry completely; a quality, full-spectrum light source; temperature control for air and water within the tank; and a nutritious diet.
Hatchlings can be maintained in virtually any container with a water depth not less than 11⁄2 times the straight length of the turtle’s shell and a minimum volume-to-size ratio of 10 gallons per inch of turtle for a single animal. For each additional animal, add 5 gallons per turtle inch to the total water volume. Glass tanks, sweaterboxes and plastic storage bins work well. Stock tanks are highly recommended, especially for larger turtles. Considering the above rule of thumb, a 10-inch adult female requires no less than 100 gallons of tank space. A breeding group of one 5-inch male and two 10-inch females would need at least 150 gallons.
What Chinese Golden Thread Eat
A true omnivore, O. sinensis consumes practically any type of edible plant or animal material. In the wild the turtles are known to feed primarily on vegetation, but they also readily consume carrion or any animal slow enough to be caught.
Golden Thread Turtle Heating
Many excellent brands of full-spectrum lighting are available. The key is to select a bulb that provides UVB rays — not just UVA. UVB is the portion of the light spectrum that allows the turtle’s skin to synthesize vitamin D3, which is essential to calcium metabolization. Ambient temperature and any other temperature control devices being used will determine whether UVB-producing fluorescent or mercury vapor bulbs are appropriate. Generally speaking, fluorescents generate considerably less heat than mercury vapor bulbs, so use of fluorescents typically necessitates an additional heat source, such as an incandescent bulb, for basking.