Henry is a Yellow Bellied Slider which is a type of terrapin. Terrapins are aquatic and spends most of his time in water. Unlike amphibians, terrapins need to get out of the water to dry off and rest. Henry is a cold blooded creature, this means that he can't regulate is own body temperature so he needs to bask in the sun (or UV lamp) to warm up.
Terrapins are a solitary species which means they like to live alone and only come together with other terrapins to mate.
They can live up 40 years in captivity.
Female Yellow Bellied Sliders are actually large than female ranging from 20 - 33cm long.
Henry lives on a diet of fresh vegetables and meat, such as shrimps. As a treat we give Henry live insects, not much of a treat if you ask me!
When Terrapins are born they are almost entirely carnivorous. As they age they eat less and less meat and eventually their diet with consist of 95% vegetables.
This species of Terrapin is native to the South Eastern States of the USA. They are commonly found in UK water but unfortunately they are a invasive species. This is bad for the natural environment because there will be more competition for food and shelter. It might also introduce a new predator for our indigenous species.