Mata mata in South Africa?

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Mata mata in South Africa?

Postby Mr Venom » Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:11 pm

Howzit everyone,

I just wanted to ask, has anyone ever bred or kept the Mata mata fresh water turtle in SA?

I only know of one that was imported, but by all the parks that I've been at I have yet to see one...

I searched the forum and got nothing except for a smuggled one found by the staff at an airport.

I do know of the regulations regarding exotic Turtles and Tortoises.

Any info will be great

Thanks
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Re: Mata mata in South Africa?

Postby Bushviper » Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:14 pm

I have seen a number of them in private hands. I dont know of anyone breeding them. They are very expensive.
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Re: Mata mata in South Africa?

Postby Mr Venom » Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:35 pm

Thank you BushViper :), just wanted to check if there are some around.

The one that was imported is going for 45K.
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Re: Mata mata in South Africa?

Postby F1refly » Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:16 pm

Just looking at it make me want to wash my hands in Boiling Sulphuric Acid. Can't imagine touching one.
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Re: Mata mata in South Africa?

Postby mamba1 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:21 am

I had the privilege of working with two adult specimens for a few years. I found them to be peaceful and undemanding captives that would accept a wide variety of food items. Legally imported specimens are offered from time to time and although pricey, they have never been anywhere near the 45K mark. As for handling/touching them, they feel much the same as most other terrapins (barring soft shells of course) but do have an unexpected explosive strike!!! A fact that very nearly left a work college of mine with a painful and bloody nose!
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Re: Mata mata in South Africa?

Postby F1refly » Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:03 pm

True, they are pretty cool, but ugh, they look so damn funny
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