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Steph - 2012-10-06
My 12 years old boy has two painted turtles male/female for 2 months now. when I got both of them they where the same size, now  one is the size of a oreo cookie (Male) and the female much bigger like if it already has past for her 1 year (she's just fat). How can I tell how old are there... And what type of sickness they carry? Thanks!

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Craig George - 2012-06-12
Was wondering how often a painted water turtle eats. Got him from family and the darn thing does not eat. He has been with us for 4 months and we recently got got him into a tank with large gold fish. Do not know what to do.??? HELP

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  • Barbara Rector - 2012-06-18
    Dear Craig, Water turtles only eat once or twice a day. It also depends on the temperture of his/her enviroment. If it is to cold he or she is less likely to eat but if it is warm they will eat. I have a painted turtle of my own named oogway for a year now. Oogway does tend to be picky at times, but the are omnivores. Which means they eat bugs such as worms,flies, and some common water bugs also they eat crickets. They also will eat fish like some of your common goldfish and bait. They also eat a couple times of aquatic plants. But you must also get them a supplement for there calicum deficiency, you can purchase Reptomin which can be bought at your local walmart. And if it is under a year you want to make sure you get baby Reptomin which helps with there calicum deficiency for your younger turtle. Just let me know if you have any more question and I will try to help as best I can. Hoped this may of helped you with your turtle.
  • bunny - 2012-07-23
    I have two baby turtles. Not much bigger than an oreo cookie. How do i know if they are painted or red slider? Boy or girl ? Caught them at the lake, can you help?
  • Barb - 2012-08-13
    The difference between a red ear slider and a painted is, a red ear slider has line of red on the side of there head and are mainly green every where else. A painted has a orange belly and yellow and orange strips and are black or dark green color every where else. As for the sex that you can't really tell until they are older. Hope this is helpful.
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Daryan - 2012-08-02
My friend found a large painted turtle in the middle of a corn field yesterday and gave it to me, I named him GT for Giant Turtle. I have had many turtles before, but this one is much larger, from nose to tail he/she is about 8-9 inches long. I don't know his/her age or sex. Could somebody please help me figure out? Thanks! :)

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Kyle White - 2012-06-02
I have a red ear slider and she seems happy but she didn't eat for 2 days then last night she ate 4 feeder fish. Should i be worried?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-02
    No creature eats the same amount all the time. If the behavior, the eating and the pooping is all OK - and no obvious symptoms, I would think he was just fine.
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Christina - 2011-10-20
I love them! I am just dying to own one!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-21
    Go for it....
  • beey - 2012-09-27
    Hi! Are you still looking for one though? :) I could send you pictures! Just e-mail me. Its more than 1 feet so yeah. Please do e-mail me, thanks!
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Patrick - 2006-10-09
I havent personally kept one. I really badly wanted one when I first saw it in a petstore in the philippines during 2004. I really thought it was unique!!!

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  • lin - 2011-09-02
    Are you still looking for one. Contact me via email
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Suzanne thatcher - 2012-07-10
Help! Today while canoeing on our lake in Wisconsin, a lake I have lived on for the past 43 years, I came across a horrific scene, I found approximately 8 -9 dead adult turtles in a relatively small area in it's back bay. I've never encountered anything like this there before. There were also very large algae floats that are new to the lake-most of the turtles were floating in them.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-11
    I would call Fish and game and tell them.  It doesn't hurt to report it and I'd be afraid that something toxic is in the water and what happens if a child gets into it.  Might be my mind overworking but I would be concerned and i would call the experts to find out. 
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Jeni - 2012-04-17
I would like to know how to detemine the sex of my turtle? It is an African side neck.

To Answer the questions about turtles not eating it could be a variety of things the water is to acidic or cold? Maybe s/he don't like the type of food you are feeding it.

Last and this is a biggy..all turtles seem to go into periods of hybernation but I know that when I did not have a UV light/lamp on the take my poor turtles seemed overly sleepy all the time! I had the wrong type of light in the tank...I was just using regular bulbs not UV. That was part of my issues and my turtle could have had malabsorption issues due to his shell de-calcifying. SO UV light good regular light not so much. Lesson learned...now I just need to know if my turtle is a she or a he?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-17
    I have to be honest and tell you I have never tried to determine the sex of a turtle - just have never done it. So I tried looking it up and I found what I thought made the most sense to me. Many articles just said based on whatever type of turtle or had long ads --- No fun. This article made some sense to me SEXING TURTLES
  • Carlos Mendez - 2012-05-02
    Well on Turtleforum.com it said that an African Side-Necked turtle sex depends on its tail. Larger one indicates that it is a male. Smaller/skinnier tail indicates it is a female.
  • veela - 2012-05-28
    Females have their vent placed closer to between the legs, while males, who also have a longer tail, have their vent opening almost at the tip of the tail. Males also have a concave plastron (the shell that covers the belly) while a female's is almost completely flat.
  • Anonymous - 2012-07-10
    The concave really gives it away. Males have that rounded underside while females do not.
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jay harris - 2012-05-13
A couple of days ago I found a red-eared slider in the middle of the road of course I stopped and bought him home with me he's about 5 inches, beautiful head looks pretty healthy walks around the house like he owns the place enjoys being in the water my problem I haven't seen.Him eat anythingi getting worried.don't know what to do to get him to eat. Please help

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-13
    Couple days is not big deal. It is more then likely nervous. I would throw some live feeder fish and greens in there and wait it out. Remember this little guy has been taken from a wide open environment and placed in a smaller unfamiliar place, it needs to adjust and feel safe.
  • Laras - 2012-09-25
    How nice! We have an 18 yr RES that we saved . I would love to have a pond for him. Have you called a local rltipee shop or maybe the Zoo? Ours is still in a large aquarium half water then rock for him to sun on top of. Keeping him warm would be the issue. If he has been inside for a good length of time (like ours) I don't know how he would adapt. They are aggressive so being with other turtles isn't a problem, but climate is another story.
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Larry Bob - 2012-09-24
How do I sex my Red- Eared Sliders?

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