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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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lenny negron - 2013-09-14
Can someone help me please. I bought a rose hair back in 2002 and he has been an awesome pet. Shes molted in the past without any problems, her last most was about a month ago. I dropped some crickets in for her but she did not bother with them. I noticed that her eyes where white and felt really hard like a cocoon. Since her molt she hasn't been very active and will not eat. She has been in the same spot for the past 2 weeks and all her front legs are leaning towards the left. I called a breeder and explained it all to him. He told me spray warm water and see if she rubbed off the skin from her eyes and also said that it's rare but he has heard that sometimes spiders go into a double molt within weeks of each other. Well the warm water didn't work, cause she just stood there. As for her molting I'm still waiting. But if anyone here can help me I will be very glad.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-16
    Wow, that is most interesting and it sounds like you have a great breeder, about as informative as they come:). Let us know if she experiences a double molt.
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Joel - 2013-02-27
I have had my red foot zissou for about a month now. Firstly, he really has only taken to bananas. I'm assuming this was what he was given a majority of the time at the pet store. Is there a good way to transition him? Doesn't seem like he eats at all if there are no bananas. Secondly, he never poops in his water dish. He poops on the ground, and today i caught him eating it. I've read that this can be normal. . . . Is it?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-27
    I would suggest continuing to offer him a wide variety of foods, with few bananas. I would hope that over time he would warm up to other types of foods as well. I would also keep an eye on his stools - if they are excessively runny then he is probably not getting the proper nutrients. It is normal for tortoises to eat their stool sometimes too. Yours may be getting additional nutrients from it.
  • Anonymous - 2013-07-05
    No. Too many bananas are VERY unhealthy for your tortoise. The best diet for a baby redfoot tortoise would be romaine lettuce, kale, and escarole as well as collard greens in the Leafy greens section. For vegetables, I suggest very well grated or sliced thin carrots. Use baby carrots for grating and slicing thin. Mushroom is always another option. For fruits, this is supposed to be a very half percentage of their diet so feed strawberry slices, mango cubes, watermelon slices of red stuff, and feed a banana slice once or twice a month during a leafy greens and fruit feeding time. Feed your tortoise TWICE a day, using the food schedule I found for you. SUNDAY Leafy greens MONDAY Leafy greens with fruit TUESDAY Leafy greens WEDNESDAY Leafy greens with vegetable THURSDAY Leafy greens with fruit FRIDAY Leafy greens with meat SATURDAY Half amount of leafy greens as usual I hope this helps very much for I have a red foot tortoise as well and she is as healthy as possible. I have a tip for you though. That 10 gallon tank won’t be helpful for long for red foot tortoises can grow to 20 inches (50 centimeters) and the minimum for a red foot tortoise for the enclosure size is 40 gallons. Make sure that you have soil that is not moldy and make sure your tank is low in height and very wide. Go to Big Al’s, (in Canada) in Scarborough if possible. They have tanks for 99.99 dollars that are PERFECT. DO NOT GET ANY TURTLE KITS FOR YOUR TORTOISE. And make sure you have a soaking area to cool off if your red foot gets a little tired of the humidity. Make sure the red foot never stays underneath the heat spot lamp for longer than 15-20 minutes. This can kill your red foot. If your red foot is not defensive when you pick it up, then something is wrong. Check for scarps of broken legs. If you found anything or nothing go to your veterinarian for a observation.
  • bettycole - 2013-09-13
    I have a redfoot. Got him because I felt sorry for him $60.00. He always poops when I pick him up to be in the house. He does not bite I feel bad he is afaid of me. I feed him all the above except bananas. Caught him eating dog poop today, already had 5 flowers 2 lettuce, romaine leaf a small piece of dog food. Called vet said ok as long as not his only thing he's eating and he eats other things first.
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Barbara Rector - 2012-06-18
Are there any serious health issues with painted turtles? I've heard there shells can fall off if they don't get enough sun, and to give them a calicum supplement. Is there any other concern that I need to worry about?

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  • Anonymous - 2013-09-10
    yes salmonella is a common turtle disease people catch easily if they dont wash there hands.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-10
    Actually the person responding as 'Anonymous' is not quite correct. Salmonella is not a turtle disease, it is a bacteria with over 200 strains. We come in contact with it all the time. Raw chicken that you fix for dinner, along with turtles as well as other reptiles are known to be carriiers of some strains. The best protection for your health and that of children is to be sanitary, and wash your hands regularly and teach your children to do so, especially after handling a reptile or any other animal for that matter.
JUSTINMILL - 2012-05-13
I have a midland painted turtle i got from a freind who found it in the lake hear in ohio. i have it in a fish tank do i need a heat lamp or doe's it have any diseases i have kids and dont want them to get sick what should i doo?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-14
    It depends how big it is. Always should wash hands before and after handling turtles. You should have a basking light in the tank.
  • Anonymous - 2013-09-10
    yes painted turtles do carry diseases, the smaller the turtle the bigger the risk. the diseases they carry is called salmonella and it could be deadly but only if you dont wash your hands. yes they do need a heat lamp the best one to get is the deep dome lamp fixture they sell them at petco. and they need a special UVB light bulb also sold at petco
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-10
    Salmonella is a bacteria and it isn't restricted to turtles, although they are ones getting all the credit for being carriers. Actually, there are over 200 strains of salmonella bacteria. One of the common places we all come in contact with it is when we are preparing raw chicken for dinner.

    So yes... washing your hands is the best protection against contracting illness from these bacteria... in all your endeavors. Children are especially at risk, so teach them to wash their hands regularly.. when handling reptiles especially, because we know there is a salmonella bacteria exposure there.
Danielle - 2011-08-24
I have a western painted box turtle. I found him in a corey in vermont, I've had him for over a year now and all has been going well. Just reacently within the past coupple days he hasn't been using his back legs like he normally does, it's as if they are week or they hurt him. He isnt supporting himself with them in the water and they almost look swollen. Any one have any suggestions as to why this is happening??

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-19
    You realize a painted turtle is different from a box turtle right?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-19
    Needs vet treatment. Usually means digestive tract blockage. If rear area swollen could be a kidney issue.
  • Rocwel - 2012-03-18
    Check how old it is probably take it to the vet
  • Anonymous - 2013-09-10
    Take him to the vet asap (as soon as possible )
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Jillian - 2012-04-15
Angel is my Snow Albino Corn snake which I acquired as a 10 inch baby in February of 2006. At approximately 54 inches long and a circumference of about 5 1/2 inches, after the cloaca the circumference drops to about 2 inches. This has been like this for about 4 years. Just recently I noticed brown spots on the underside for approximately 6 inches from the cloaca up towards the head. She (I don't know the actual sex) has not eaten for 6 weeks, rejecting 5 different frozen mice. She is very active and has a new 'playmate' in our cat. He loves to sit atop her aquarium and watch her and she loves to reach to the top and they sniff each other through the screen. Is it possible she wants to eat the cat? Are any of these things related??? Thanks for any help you can lend :)

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-15
    I have had boas that have almost seemed to make friends with the feeder I have put in. Biggest issue is that the cat can easily hurt the snake. Sounds like a curiousity thing over a food thing. Still wouldn't chance hurting eother.
  • Anonymous - 2012-06-01
    My corn snake rejected frozen pinkies for almost a month. Today I fed it a live pinkie for the first time. It pounced on it after 30 seconds of examining it.
  • Anonymous - 2012-06-20
    Look I am a beginner and does it have teeth is it venimous?
  • Michael geller - 2013-09-09
    I have 2 cats and a creamsicle corn snake myself. First off I strongly discourage letting your cat sit on top of the snakes tank. A few reasons why I think that is because the lid can simply break due to the cats weight, leading to the snake getting hurt, getting out or being crushed. My cat loves to sit in front of the snakes tank and watch him and gently paw the screen. My snake doesn't mind it that much but it sounds like yours has been rejecting food for a long time. Put a lock on the door, let the snake be cat free for a week or a few days and try feeding him then. Hope that helps, best of luck :)
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Susan - 2013-09-07
Help. My Mexican Red Knee tarantula seems sick. She is 12 years old, I've had her since she was 4 weeks old, and I've never had any problems with her. She's always been very healthy. This morning I noticed her in the corner of her tank, with her legs tucked a little too closely to her. Normally, when I touch her abdomen, she gives me a little scurry and hair kick, but not this morning. Very slow, docile attempt at kicking hairs. (I should note that I don't handle her often, so she's a bit skiddish) She let me pick her up without any attempt to get away. Her tank heater is functioning. I changed her substrate about 2 months ago (shredded coconut, shells which she's been using for years), She has been eating normally, although it's been about 2 weeks since I've fed her, but I'm a little weary of putting any crickets in the tank while she is in this state. help, help, help. I love this tarantula and I have no idea what to do.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-08
    Unless you are  certain it is a female it could be old age. Males have a shorter lifespan than females, living around 10 or so years while females live up to 25-30 years. Other thoughts are it could be getting ready to molt or it could be dehydrated. If there's a chance it's dehydrated, putting it into an ICU setup could help... i.e. a jar lined with damp paper towel. Than see if it gets better in a day or two. Wishing you the best!
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andrea - 2013-09-04
Alright I have had my ball python for about 6 months now, she has shed 5 of those months. She is a pretty good size for her age, her name is Wormy. I found out she was a little female. I also just recently got a baby red tail boa, I must say I like the ball python better but the rosie will grow on me I guess.


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