Reeves Turtle Overview 

Scientific Name: Mauremys reevesii
Origin: East Asia
Ease of Care: Intermediate
Potential Adult Size: 6 to 9 inches
Life Span: 10 to 15 years
Behaviour: Diurnal
Diet: Insects & Pellet Foods
Handling: Not Recommended
Humidity: 70% to 90%

Top Tips 

A Glass aquarium is best suited for this species. Vary the food items you offer to your Reeves. Turtle to keep it stimulated. Using a water filtration system is essential. 


We recommend a large aquarium for these species, with an external filter system. 

Basic Equipment Needed

Housing: Aquarium
Heating: Heat Bulb
Lighting: UV Tube (Light Cycle: 12 hours of
Substrate: Sand, Rocks, Pebbles
Water: Swimming area essential


Reeves Turtles are a diurnal species and require a suitable light and heat gradient in the enclosure to simulate a complete 24-hour period. Provide a warmer/hot area towards the one side of the enclosure, using an overhead heat source to offer a heat gradient. Use an  Clamp Lamp with Ceramic Holder with a Heat Bulb running through a High Range Dimming

Background Temp: 20⁰C-25⁰C (68⁰F-77⁰F)
HOT Spot: 29⁰C-35⁰C (85⁰F-95⁰F)
Night-Time Temp: 18⁰C-22⁰C (68⁰F-72⁰F)
Water Temp: 21-26⁰C (70-80⁰F)

Dimming thermostats are designed to regulate temperatures using a thermostat probe (also known as a sensor). Correct placement of the
probe is critical to avoid overheating and injury to the Turtle. If overnight temperatures are dropping below the recommended, using a Heat-Mat on the outside rear of the Aquarium running in conjunction with a Mat Stat
should be used during this period. The water should be between 21-26⁰C (70-80⁰F) in temperature via the use of an aquarium heater if needed, although using a Heat Mat on the outside of the aquarium will also work. Check temperatures regularly, using a reliable dual thermometer and hygrometer to ensure that there are no extreme fluctuations.


In captivity, use the Arcadia Pro T5 UVB Kit ShadeDweller 7%  to provide a low-level UV exposure option on the surface of the aquarium should
the Turtle feel it’s needed. A Mercury Vapour bulb such as the Arcadia 2nd
Generation UV Basking Bulb can also be used offering an all-in-one heat and UV-B exposure (Please note, this bulb can NOT be used via a
thermostat, so extra caution must be adhered to). Ensure that it is fitted correctly and within the manufactures recommended distances.

Substrates & Decoration

Personal choice will dictate how you decorate your aquarium, but we recommend the following as examples.Wood/branches for climbing, hiding, and sleeping on. Turtle platforms/docks stick to the side of
the glass and allow the turtle to bask. Live or artificial plant decoration will provide darker areas for the turtle to use as a means of shelter.

Diet & Water

Babies through to adults should be offered appropriately sized insects.
The likes of Bloodworm can be used also and turtle pellet foods can be used as part of variety. The Reeves Turtle will be at its most active during
the day, so it’s best to feed your turtle during this time. Their body of water that the swim in must be kept clean via a good filtration system. All tap-water used in the aquarium must be treated with a water conditioner to remove chlorines that could harm the turtle.


Reeves Turtles need additional supplementation to their diet to help them to flourish and maintain healthy and productive lives. We recommend using a calcium and multivitamin powder and Calcium Mg as per the product instruction.

Additional Information

The body of water used must be kept clean via a good filtration system.
This water should also be changed out every 6-8 weeks. Using a mix of live-foods, pellet based, and appropriate fish foods will be beneficial as part of needed dietary variety.

The Five Animal Welfare Needs

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 means all pet owners have a legal duty of care to their pets. Anyone who is cruel to an animal or is found not to be providing the five animal welfare needs, as listed below, can be fined and sent to prison.

Environment: Pets should be given the correct housing according to its size, this includes shelter, space to exercise. 

Diet: Pets should be offered the correct type and volume of food to cover all their nutritional needs alongside access to clean, fresh water and a secure, comfortable place to rest.

Behaviour: All pets should be allowed to exhibit normal behaviour patterns and should be provided with the facilities to do so.

Health: All animals should be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease, and given veterinary treatment if they become sick or injured.

Company: Some animals require the company of their own kind, whilst others should be kept on their own.