Yellow Belly Turtles are semi-aquatic turtles that live in the southern United States. They can be found in lakes, ponds and slow moving rivers. Yellow Belly Turtles are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and animals. However, their diet mostly consists of plant matter such as algae, aquatic plants and fruits.
Yellow Belly Turtles do not hibernate during the winter months but stay in the water all year long. They have a thick layer of fat under their skin to help keep them warm when they are out of the water during cold weather.
Yellow Belly Turtles are active during daylight hours but prefer to spend time basking in warm sunshine during the day. At night they will retreat into brush piles or other hiding places to avoid predators such as raccoons and foxes.
If you would like to keep a yellow belly turtle as a pet it is important to understand their needs so you can properly care for them in captivity.
Last modified: August 18, 2022