My name is African Helmeted!

Turtle - Water for adoption in Baltimore, Maryland - African Helmeted

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Update: Adopted 2012! We have a 5" sub-adult aquatic male African helmeted turtle (Pelomedusa subrufa) (sometimes called an African mud turtle) for adoption. Visit to learn more how to care for one. Although a 30 to 55 gallon tank would OK for one right now, eventually he could need at least 75 gallon tank, although larger is better, and it's best to keep males and females seperate. He will eat Reptomin as well as earthworms and insects. He needs a tank with lots of hide spots such as artificial silk plants to feel safe.

For ideas on how to prepare an aquarium or pond, visit to chat with other keepers. This turtle DOES NOT hibernate, so he can't be outside in the winter, and he needs slightly warmer water than a slider.

Review the aquatic turtle care sheet to learn more about caring for a turtle.

Currently near Baltimore, MD. $5 adoption fee.

HHOW TO ADOPT: REQUEST AN ADOPTION APPLICATION: Applications can be mailed to you, either as an e-mail attachment, or through the US Postal Service.

to request an application. INCUDE YOUR CITY AND STATE IN THE E-MAIL. Complete the application in full. A vet reference is required, even if your vet does not see turtles. If you do not have a vet, please explain the reason.

We need to know that you understand how to care long-term for a turtle or tortoise. This includes the correct size and type of housing, proper food, hiding spots, substrate, lighting, humidity, and water requirements. On the application, describe IN DETAIL how you intend to care for your new pet. If you currently own turtles or reptiles, please include a picture of your set-up(s) including lighting, basking spots, hiding spots, and any pertinent information that proves you have proper enclosures. Pictures of outdoor enclosures should indicate that the enclosure is escape-proof and watering areas, hiding spots, and the like should be visible.

If you're looking to add a turtle or tortoise in with another turtle, please include that in the application.

If you do not currently own a reptile, include a full description of how you intend to care for the animal in which you are interested. This includes the size of enclosure, types of food you will offer, substrate (for non-aquatics), what will be used for hide spots, types of lighting for indoor enclosures, fencing for outdoor enclosures, etc. Pictures of outdoor areas that will serve as the site of future enclosures will be helpful.
Once you've been approved, we'll let you know, so you can prepare an enclosure for the turtle, then send a picture of the completed enclosure before picking up the turtle or arranging for shipment.
We do not have a shelter - all fostering is done in our homes, so we meet in central locations such as downtown Baltimore.

Facts about African Helmeted

  • Species: Turtle - Water
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Medium
  • Sex: Male

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Why Adoption is a Great Option

African Helmeted, a Baltimore Turtle - Water was adopted! Here's how you can benefit by looking at adoption as an option to buying a Turtle - Water for sale in Baltimore, or seeking a Turtle - Water from a breeder in Baltimore.

  1. Rescues and shelter volunteers in Baltimore already know the personality and tendencies of their pets. This means they can match you with the right pet. That will makes it much easier transition to owning a pet for yourself and your new pet.
  2. On average adoption fees are much less than you'd pay a Baltimore breeder, or pet store. Plus most often rescue pets have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered. That is a lot of savings!
  3. You will become a hero, and give a needy dog or cat a loving home. In fact, there are even Turtle - Water breeders who help with Turtle - Water rescue. One puppy or kitten adopted in Baltimore paves the way for another one to be saved.