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daniel - 2010-04-28
My fiance and I took my niece and nephew to a small pond near our home in Indiana and my niece saw the turtle on the edge of the pond.. this is some of the nastiest water I've ever seen I wouldn't recommend eating any fish you catch out of it..lol...anyways I caught the little sucker.. my nephew had one of these spiny soft-shelled turtles before and the dang thing lived forever and his sister broke the aquarium with a belt and they had to turn the turtle loose.. they say about how you are suppose to keep the water really clean.. why when they live in nasty mossy water..maynard (the spiny soft-shelled turtle we caught today) is beside my bed happy in the mossy water he was living in before I caught him.. are they suppose to be aggressive? Mine hasn't tried to bite me yet.. well I will let ya know how everything goes.. :)

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CRISTI - 2014-10-12
I bought some of that vita shell for Gilbert and when I applied it he got restless and angry. He is 9yrs old and has never bitten anyone until last night when I put that stuff on him. Now I'm missing a chunk of my finger. Has anyone else had a negative exp. with vita shell?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-13
    I've heard it is waxy and tends to clog, but don't know if there's any truth to that. Can't imagine it caused your turtle to bite though, so would look for other issues on that.
  • CRISTI - 2014-10-13
    My friend that I got him from said that she used it years ago and he had the same reaction. He acts like it hurts but his shell needs a little aid in my opinion
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-17
    The most common shell problem they can develop is a mild shell rot. This happens if they are not kept in a clean environment and they lack an appropriate basking area. shell rot looks like whitish crusty deposits on the shell. The first thing to do is make sure it's environment right. Then clean the shell with a mild detergent and try to remove the spots by rubbing gently with a toothbrush. Dry the shell and apply a disinfecting antiseptic. Antiseptics such as hydrogen peroxide or Betadine (povidone-iodine) or antibiotic ointments have been used.
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Cristi Jennings Wilson - 2014-10-10
I just inherited a 9yr old male ASN and he has only ate raw meat ( beef, pork, and chicken ) for at least the last several yrs. They also fed him bologna and hot dog. Also the fellers water temp was kept at around 72. I have raised his water temp to 76 and will try to raise it more, I'm just taking it slow. What about his diet? I've read that they eat more veggies and greens the older they get but Gilbert won't eat them. I wanna do right by my new man but he seems to be breaking all the rules

 

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-11
    What a great new pet, sounds like you are going to be a great keeper too. These turtles will continue to eat proteins, and snack on some veggies.  General foods as listed above are'commercial aquatic turtle food and will eat fish, crayfish, worms, and even crickets. They will also pick at aquatic plants and especially enjoy taking bite-sized pieces from the leaves of water hyacinth and water lettuce.' I don't know that I would feed processed foods like bologna and hot dogs though.
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swappy - 2014-10-09
I have a pig nosed turtle....she is not getting her back two legs open .....and back two legs seems to be paralysed........pllzz suggest be some tips ...

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-11
    A deficiency of vitamins B12 can cause paralysis of the legs. The suggestions I've found to fix the problem say to give this vitamin to the turtle orally. Also provide a supplementary calcium and trace amounts of copper sulphate. Any pet store that carries reptiles will have vitamin supplements for herptiles.
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Canaan - 2014-09-09
My African Side neck turtle is not eating and is not coming out from out under his rock the water temp is fine but he just doesn't move or eat

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-10
    Try boosting the temperatures of the basking area and water, most aftrican side necks like a little warmer at around 80 F. You may want to get it to a vet for a checkup as it could be a respiratory infection, gasping for air and wheezing noises, are some signs. Respiratory is not something to mess around with, if it has that problem it will need medical attention, or the illness will be fatal
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Clayton F - 2010-10-16
I have a three-toed box turtle who when we purchased was said to be bearing eggs she is very large at the rear and is not overfed we have had her for 2-3 months and nothing does she need to go through a hibernation stage or is it best to keep on keepen on? I would appreciate any help. Thanks

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  • Ron Simmons - 2011-04-18
    Do you still have them and if so please email me. My sons would like to have them.
  • Ron Simmons - 2011-04-18
    Do you still have them and if so please email me. My sons would like to have them.
  • alicia - 2011-04-26
    How much do either of You want for them?
  • Sally - 2011-05-19
    Interested in purchasing your box turtles if still available. Thanks! Sally
  • Redfeather54 - 2013-09-02
    A box turtle especially the 3 toed can mate with a male one time and retain the eggs up to 4 years inside her. She releases them as she sees fit. Aren't you glad humans are not like this?
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Kimie Vitela - 2011-03-24
Anyone want to buy a three toed box turtle I have 2, 1 boy and 1 girl.

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  • S. Crochet - 2011-04-14
    Do you still have the box turtles? How old are they? How much do you want for them?
  • Sally - 2011-05-19
    Interested in purchasing them if still available. Thanks! Sally
  • Gina Johnson - 2011-05-27
    I would love to buy one! Please email me if available:) thx Kimie!
  • teri kelly - 2011-07-29
    I am interested in the male. Is it still available? How much are you asking? email me at lambert_34l7@yahoo.com
    thank you
    teri
  • manny - 2011-08-27
    How much?
  • mike - 2012-02-04
    do you still have turtles and how much
  • joann - 2012-02-22
    I have 2 females and I am looking for another female and male, so this is perfect. Are they still available?
    jo_descallar@yahoo.com
  • rose - 2012-06-08
    If you still have any box turtles, probably not, then I am interested. Thanks, Rose, lovelyrosepetal@yahoo.com
  • Anonymous - 2014-09-05
    Do you still breed the three toed turtles
  • erica - 2014-09-09
    pls email me or call me on am desperate to find a female three toed for my 'Oscar' thank you 773-490-4669 ebenitez0916@gmail.com
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Margaret - 2014-07-29
I found a 3 toe male box turtle in the cement gully behind our home We are in So Cal is this native to the area No neighbor is claiming him he is eating worms and has water and green lettuce He didn't like melons can I release him?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    No, he is not native to So. California, so must have been someone's pet. Please don't release him, rather take him to a pet store that deals in reptiles. They should be able to take him in and find a new home for him.
  • erica - 2014-09-09
    pls contact me 773-490-4669 I will be willing to even pay for shipping I have a three toed box male turtle that is very lonely and I haven't gotten any good luck on finding any in Illinois.
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Gary Soucyspcc - 2008-07-07
I literally owned and observed these beautiful turtles throughout my boyhood in the late 50s and 60s. Living in Wolcott Connecticut my folks built a home a few hundred yards from several brooks, miles of swamps, and several ponds that housed reptiles and amphibians. It was not uncommon on any given summer day that we would encounter water, milk, grass, hognose, copperhead, black racer, ring, garter, and rattlesnakes. We had turtles everywhere including Bog, Spotted, Wood, Painted, Box, Snapping, and Musk Turtles. It was like living in Paradise for a kid who loved the magic of the outdoors that was virtually untouched by civilization and so called progress! The Spotted turtle was my hands down favorite; both gifted with a friendly disposition and a color scheme only God could have created. These turtles were truly cornerstones of a great childhood I was lucky enough to have grown up in. I feel today that the earth is losing ground and I pray for the future of our tired planet.

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  • Michael Chandler - 2014-09-07
    I really love my spotted water turtles. They are beautiful. They are not even scared of me. I have a great setup for them. My friend brought them home from Massachusetts.
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Michael Chandler - 2014-07-13
I have 2 spotted water turtles. One male and female. My friend gave them to me. There beautiful. I don't really know how to care for them. This site helped a lot. I think there trying to mate. What do I do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Water turtles need to be sexually mature to breed, for most that is about 5 years of age. There's not much you can do to encourage breeding other than let nature take its course, however here's some basics. Usually there is a cooling period, a hybernation type stage (winter), followed by normal temperatures and diet. When they go into breeding mode, males can become rather aggressive with other turtles, and both male and female may not eat much. The female will  need a place where she is comfortable laying eggs, a sheltered area with soft soil along with some 'security' decor like rocks or logs. a gravid female will lay several clutches of about 2-10 eggs with several weeks between each clutch laying. Each clutch takes anywhere from a day to 48 hours to lay. A warm consistent temperature is the most important thing needed for the eggs to develop. Some people will use an incubator but a natural outdoor nest works too, especially in areas with warm to hot days. The egg nest needs to have soft materials and the eggs should not be turned. Eggs will typically hatch anywhere between  50 to 120 days.
  • Michael Chandler - 2014-09-07
    Thanks so much! The male has been constantly on the female. I have setup a basking area with soft dirt mixed with sand. I have a heat lamp facing the area. My friend brought these turtles home from Massachusetts. I have a good filter system and water level for them. I will catch crayfish for them they seem to love them. I hope she lays eggs.
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