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Anonymous - 2013-10-08
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Animal-World info on African Side-necked Turtle
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TurtleHedgehog - 2013-04-21
We recently bought a turtle from a pet store -- noticed she had a R/I after 4 days, so we took her bought so the pet store so they could pay for all her vet bills which they did. She was at the vet for over a month and the vet also stated she had a Vitamin D problem (when she was returned her skin was peeling). It has been about a month and she is a full grown female African Sideneck. We decided to add more water to her tank b/c she shares it with a RES, but now it looks like she doesn't know how to swim. We added lots of river rocks for her to crawl up on, but appears to have difficulty swimming or floating up for air unlike our RES, who seems to be doing fine. Water temp is 78 degrees (they have a water heater to maintain temperature plus we have an external thermometer for the tank to check daily). Basking Area is about 93 -95 degrees for daytime and about 78 - 80 for nighttime. Please Help! I don't want to have to take her back to a vet after she just went to one so recently. She seems to be scared of us currently, which she wasn't before we took her to the vet.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-04-22
    Is it being picked on by the other turtle?  Is it in an heavy traffic area of the house.  May tak a while for the turtle to come around.  How is it eating?
  • TurtleHedgehog - 2013-04-29
    She is in a low to medium traffic area of our household. She is eating fine but doesn't like to eat the food that floats and refuses to eat in a separate container. It actually makes her more stress it seems. The other turtle is actually following her lead. Before my RES was fine w/ basking w/ us watching her or passing her. And she was fine eating from tongs, but now she isn't like that. I imagine whatever they did at the vet made her really scared of any humans. My Sideneck does bask but only when it's nighttime.
  • Jennifer Lynne Marques - 2013-10-06
    It sounds like what we just went through with ours. I took him to a reptilian vet, who took x-rays. We found out he had the beginning stages of pneumonia. He is on .2ml of Batrol for 10 days. We also had his stool checked and found he had worms and tons of protozoans. He has also been on strongid for the worms. Good luck. It has been a long, expensive, tedious process. He is about 12 and it doing much better now. He is on the second does of batrol. Please note it has to be injected, intramuscually, not swallowed. It also has to be given everyday in opposite legs.
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Tait - 2013-10-05
My goliath has been in its den for a while now and hasn't been eating and not sure if it's been moving a lot at all. Just wondering what the problem is or even if there is a problem?

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Jay - 2013-08-30
Hi everyone! I recently got my girlfriend a T for her birthday... Kwaku is her name (not my girlfriend's name) and she has settled very well into her vivarium. She seems to have a favorite corner and has built herself a beautiful little web in it. One issue though - it has been a while since she has left that corner, she has pretty much enclosed herself in there except for one opening near the top she seems to just fit through but doesn't use... Is she ok? Should I be worried or is there something I need to change/do? Thanks....

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-31
    I would be worried if she never eats. As long as she is eating, I wouldn't worry too much. How long has it been since she came out? Other things you can do include making sure the environment is optimal. Make sure to spray the cage every few days to keep the humidity right, keep the cage clean, provide clean water, and make sure the temperature stays around 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Jay - 2013-09-04
    Thanks Jasmine. I'll keep an eye on the humidity... she eats fine-every second or third day. She actually poked her head out yesterday so all seems fine!
  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-09-05
    That's good to hear! Keep us posted!
  • Jay - 2013-10-04
    She molted! It was an amazing thing. Happened over night (as suspected) and now the small leg she had when we first got her is now normal size!
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mannaz - 2013-04-06
I recently bought 3 of these from a shop in Plymouth devon called Two by Two. 2 of them were slings and one was a bit bigger the 2 smaller ones were due a molt. One of them molted fine no problems at all the humidity levels were all correct and temperatures all ok. The other small one went for a molt but never managed it and died this morning. When I explained it to the pet shop they weren't interested in it. I only had it about 4 weeks so I am seeking legal advice regarding this. I would never buy anything else from this shop be careful if you are thinking about it! Once you have bought it they just don't care.

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  • mark - 2013-10-04
    I know what you mean the same happened to me with a theraphosa blondi. How much did your gooty cost>? Sorry about your T mate it sucks.
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kim - 2013-10-01
My ball python is named Monty, I've had him almost two years and he was 4 months old when I got him. He's grown quite a bit and I have him in a 25 gallon tank and will be upgrading soon. But my question is he has been very active lately, way more than usual and he has been laying around different spots in his tank other than under his tree trunk. Should I be worried that something is wrong with him he seems fine just very active off and on all day and night?

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allysia - 2013-09-30
About a week ago I got a new rose hair from a pet store. This is my second rose hair. I'm kind of nervous about holding this one because it is younger than my previous one. The one before I got from a friend and I trusted it more because I've seen it has been handled before. But this one every time I open its cage it runs witch makes me nervous it's gonna bite me. My spider is very active and eats well, it seems to have adapted to its cage well. I really want to hold it but it freaks me out when it runs from me. I know they say lay your hand in its cage for it to get used to, but I'm nervous about it. Can anyone help me understand why it tuns and how to get use to it?

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Animal-World info on Sulcata Tortoise
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brittany - 2010-12-21
My name is Brittany and I live in portland oregon and I have one but I can no longer keep it and I was wondering if anyone knew any websites I could try to sell it on or if a pet shop would buy it?

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  • Dennis - 2011-09-04
    Hello, how much do you want for it?
  • David Kinney - 2013-07-24
    How old is your Sulcata Tortoise? How much are you asking for? I live in Gresham OR.. I may be interested if the price is right. I just bought a hatchling from Turtleshack for $100.00.
  • Debbie Foyle - 2013-09-26
    Brittany, Were you able to sell your Sulcata Tortoise? If not how old is it and what sex is it ? I have a large male and am considering a companion for him.
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Animal-World info on Spiny Soft-shelled Turtle
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Tony D - 2010-01-16
Yes, you are right. Softshells are a difficult species and fare poor in captivity. I want to get a smooth softshell for my birthday, and right now I'm doing plenty of research. I bet the smooth and spiny softshells both have relatively similar care requirements. Great website you guys have. Keep up the good work. It will really help me.

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  • Justin Thorpe - 2013-08-25
    How often should they be fed pellets? And how many pellets?
  • john - 2013-09-19
    I caught one while fishing a few days ago it was about ten inches around a friend told me they were an endangered species and illegal to have in captivity, don't know if it is true. I caught it in a pond and released it in a strip pit after me and the little ones played with it. I would have given it to you. Happy Birthday check legality, hope you get one, it was pretty cool.
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Richele - 2013-09-17
I have two young (under a year) RES. Unfortunately early on they learned about dried shrimp and krill, so now I can't get them to eat anything else. They do eat some dried meal worms though. I spray a hearty amount of multiple vitamins as well as calcium on their food before giving it to them. Occasionally they'll eat small pieces of carrots or green leaf lettuce, but not as often as I think they should. Any suggestions on how to get them to eat a better variety of food? Oh and I feed them in a seperate tank which they stay in for about 20 to 30 minutes, so they don't free feed.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-26
    As adults these turtles are primarily vegetarians. My two red-eared sliders are about 18 years old, but when I got them (at 8 years old) the lady who had them fed them only shrimp! Well, I put them in my pond and began to feed them a commercial turtle food, and sometimes a pond Koi food. There are also some plants in the pond.  When that was all they were offered, they began to eat it. They will still come up, hoping for a shrimp treat, and I give them some once in awhile. But they now know it is just that... a treat.
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