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Barbara Rector - 2012-06-18
Hi, I'm new to the site. I have a one year painted turtle named oogway from kufu panda. We named her that cause we thought she was a he ,but I'm not so sure what sex oogway might be. Is there an eay way to tell before sexual maturaity?

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gail nace - 2010-12-09
Just purchased a painted to add to the zoo living in my home. She is about the size of a pancake and I was told she was about 2 mo. This doesn't make sense after reading this site. Any thoughts? She is a gem and looked like a tank running across the dining room table. She is a welcome addition the the fam.

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  • Barbara Rector - 2012-06-18
    How many inches across is she? I have a painted who is a year old and she is about 2' across. But you can tell there approximent age by there size. When full grown they can be between 7'-9' inches wide.
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Brenda Gordineer - 2012-06-10
I've found 2 box turtles in the past week. The first one obviously was a pet at some point because it's not afraid of people and will eat from my hand. I'm guessing its a female because she has brown eyes. Her shell has been repaired at some point, there's a couple of areas of a plaster like substance on it. The 2nd one won't come out of its shell when I'm around so I'm going to release it after my grand-daughter comes to see them later this evening. I'd like to keep the first one and this site has been extremely helpful on how to set up a habitat and what to feed her. Does anyone know if it's illegal to keep them in Oklahoma?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-10
    Can be collected and kept as a pet.  Can not be resold however.
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Denice - 2008-12-28
My son saved our snapping turtle from certain death about 4 years. He's grown quite a bit and does well with our sliders. He's been a wonderful pet, and loves to be played with. Unfortunately our agressive soft-shell tried to disembowel it. It seems to have pulled a part of it's innards out through his anus. Sounds weird, I know. It started out pretty gross and I tried, unsuccessfully, to shove it, gently, back in. He seemed uncomfortable when I tried so I stopped. I've separated him from the rest of the turtles and he seems active, but can't seem to fix his issue. He seems to poop through the area that is pulled out. It's the weirdest thing ever. I've been keeping him in a very clean environment to prevent infection. Any ideas or experience with this issue from anyone out there?

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  • jack boothe - 2010-05-08
    I certainly think you should take it to the vet if you haven't already. If it's eating, drinking, moving around and doesn't seem to be in pain, it may be alright.
  • susan - 2012-03-02
    Please take your turtle to the vet. That sounds painful. Snappers will eat your sliders. Separate them. I had mine together and then Snap bit the head off another turtle. He was very young at the time.
  • DEBORAH - 2012-06-08
    HELLO DENISE, NOT BEING FUNNY I THINK THAT YOU DID ALL YOU COULD DO NOW IT 'S TIME TO PUT THE LITTLE TURTLE OUT OF HIS MISERY BECAUSE YOU KNOW THAT TURTLES INDURE ALOT OF PAIN IN THE WORLD AND NEVER SEEM TO SUFFER.
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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
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Lisa Navedo - 2012-06-04
I have 2 african side neck turtles. We clean the tank and have a basin of dirt in the tank with rocks and water. Both turtles buried themselves in the dirt. We don't understand why they did this. Can you tell me why?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-05
    It is normal for them to do this. Does it have a shaded place to retreat from lights?
  • Lisa Navedo - 2012-06-05
    We have one side of the tank with light and the other does not. Also we turn the lights off at night. The basin had grass in it now there is just dirt. Could they be breeding or just hiding?
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Wendy Callaway - 2012-06-03
Hi. We have just moved and now have a water softener. Is it safe to put this in my turtles tank? If not, what should I use instead? Thank you

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-03
    Should not be an issue. They do sell water conditioner and drops to raise the hardness if there is a concern.
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themadfarm - 2011-06-17
I have a african side necked turtle and he has stop eating and I worry. If you can help please let me know? I don't know how old he is. It is a male.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-17
    I truly have no idea, however, maybe you could start with something easy like trying a new food, or treats. Article here in Animal World gives suggestions on foods. These are hardy fellas so try new foods first, removing all old foods.
  • marilyn - 2011-06-23
    Well I tried that and he still isn't eating so the vet said sound like worms but I don't know how much to tell the vet to give him.
  • cincy311fan - 2011-07-11
    It could be the temperature in the tank. It could be going into what is like a sleep mode that most turtles kinda do when winter is here and you dont have heat lamps on them. Kinda keeping your tank at a normal season cycle. I hope that makes sence. How is your turtle doing now? What diet do you have it on. That could have something to do with it too or if the habitat has changed and you have moved it to a new tank or put another animal in the enclosure.
  • erin - 2011-07-22
    Something I learned from my research is possibly holding a dead fish in front of them or something so then they don't gotta chase it but usually if they don't eat then they aren't healthy. Maybe something is wrong with the water or something?
  • Tannis-Lee Harrison - 2012-05-29
    Temperature. Had the same problem. Would NOT eat. Now will eat and is active but only worms (built a worm farm) and only in the tank not outside. Raise the temp to 82
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Lauren - 2012-05-17
Hello my husband found a turtle in the middle of our street today. I researched and it is a Painted Turtle, Female and is about 7 inches long. I have a 75 gallon tank that has never been used and the demensions are 4 feet long by 18 inches wide. Needless to say how should I do the tank meaning how many inches of water? Do I partition so land is available to her? What does she eat? We have an Ornate Box Turtle that is a little bit over 20 yrs. We've had him for 19 years and of course he's completely different. What I'm saying is we love turtles and just want the proper care and maintinence. So please give me some suggestions if you would. I appreciate it very much. Your fellow turtle admirer, Lauren

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-18
    Your questions are answered in the Animal World article above, just scroll up. The informatin goes into the housing, care and feeding and should be a great start for all your questions.
  • Lauren - 2012-05-19
    Charlie thank you for your quick responce. When our bathtub became her tempory home until the 75gallon was brought up from the basement Romaine Lettuce was the 1st thing she was given. I said she was 7" - it says they get to about 6" so i was about an inch off. I wish I knew how old she is. She is now in her 75gallon tank with plenty of vegitation and water and a partition of mud built to make up for dry land also but mostly water with vegitation.Tomorrow we are going to the store to get her sum feeder fish and crickets. Her name is Tublee (hubby won that one) and we will take very good care for her. Thanks again, Lauren
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Stephanie Branch-Gratton - 2011-03-14
Hello I was just given a turtle that someone could no longer keep. I am trying to find out if the enclosure it came with is good or if I need to make upgrades. It's in a 20 gal short tank, with a long flourescent type light it looks like a fish tank light, water of course that's about as deep as half the tank, then it has a floating piece of land that suction cups to the side, a filter and a fish tank type heater, gravel on the bottom and a few fake decorations. The turtle is about 4 or 5 inches I'd say. It appears active and healthy. But I thought it needed a different kind of light for the UV rays. Do I need another light or no? Also how can I tell which kind of painted turtle it is and what sex and its age?

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  • SHanaynay - 2011-06-19
    Hey well to tell if it is a boy or girl you look at the eyes and the bottom of its shell. The males eyes would be a dark reddish color. If it was a female the bottom of its shell would be flat. The male has a rounded bottom. HOPE THIS HELPED :)



  • Meaghan - 2012-04-02
    You need a much bigger environment for that turtle. A tank should be 3-4 shell lengths wide by 7-8 shell lengths long, with water a minimum of 2 1/2 shell lengths deep. That will give the turtle enough space to move freely. My turtle is about the same size and I have her in a 40 gallon breeder tank, meaning its long and wide. It will be her home until she is over 6 in.
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