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Amber - 2012-07-10
I just bought a african long neck and I wasn't sure if I was to keep both lights on or just the UVB or do I keep just one out I really need help because I don't wanna hurt the little guy. And is it a good idea to have the basking light next to where they eat???

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  • Anonymous - 2012-07-10
    All turtles require UVB light and a basking heat lamp. The UVB is necessary to keep your turtle healthy. Reptiles are COLD BLOODED, they can NOT warm themselves us. They REQUIRE a source of heat. So, the answer to your question would be YES. You do need both of these. Please do more research on the animal you are buying before you buy another one. This is very important. The lights should also represent a day and night cycle if indoors. The lights should be turned off the same time each night and turned back on in the morning. The turtles will eat once they have warmed up. If they are too cold their digestive system does not function well. Please email me if you have more questions.
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chanel - 2012-07-08
I found a painted turtle out side is it safe to keep it as a pet? It's about 5 yrs old.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-09
    It is safe to keep as a pet.  Remember it is wild and may need time to adjust to the change.
  • chanel - 2012-07-09
    Thanks ....do I need to get the turtle checked out to make sure its not carrying any thing since I found it out side?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-10
    no real need.  Baby turtle can pass samonella but larger ones are fine.  Always practice hand washing before and afterr handling!
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gin - 2010-08-19
My turtle loves to poop in her water dish! Refreshing!

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  • Anonymous - 2010-10-06
    Haha mine too.
  • Rainey - 2012-06-23
    lol My turtle does too, yesterday I found him sleeping in his water dish, poop one side the rest of the water on the other. But it was all mixed up..eww.. I HAD to take him out of there. lol when I did, he started waving his arms and legs and when I put him down he tried to go back. so I cleaned it out filled it with fresh water and returned him to his wet slumber
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Kayla - 2011-11-02
I bought my ornate box turtle through a radio show, called problem corner. Its a local call in about buying, selling or trading your things. Some people listen religiously. My mom heard someone was selling a turtle, so i jumped to it. When I met Fredricks previous owners, it was a child. The mother, when passing off this box turtle to me, set him on the ground to take a picture, started knocking the back of his shell to get him to stick his head out! Me, about ready to freak out, paid the lady and carefully picked up this poor creature. As soon as we were away, I told him he would never be treated so horribly! There's traces of paint still on the cracks of his shell...I brought him home, with the tank they gave me. Since that day, my Fredricks had the life. The only thing I think he lacks, is vitamin D. I live in alaska, we don't get much sun, but I try and take him outside to roam when I have free time...or if he is awake! I dont believe he has ever hybernated! His first year with me, he slept sooo much! I've vowed to NOT allow him to be in his cage all day or night! The only time he is in his aquarium, is when I just fed him and I have to go to work. Then that, he is a wanderer! I have a 1 bedroom apartment and he can go anywhere he likes! No boundaries! He loves worms! During spring summer and fall, I dig worms for him. Winter, I buy meal worms from the local pet store. Fredrick LOVES red foods! Strawberries above all! He eats only fresh salmonberries or he will devour tomatoes! Raspberries were a treat to!! I've tried all sorts of foods for him. He is very picky! I used to dice things up, try to get him to eat different things...he is picky! He would push the food around and ignore what wasnt red! He sleeps for days to weeks at time! In the winter, he sleeps for like a month, maybe 2, will get up and get some water, and go back to sleep. When I know he is awake, I have fresh water and a food dish in the bathroom, which he knows where it's at, he freely eats and has fresh water while I'm at work. His bed is on my bed. I have a folded up blanket all for him, he finds a comfy spot in the folds and we both pass out! Sometimes, when its really cold and he is up, I will set him on my collar bone as I lay in bed, throw the covers over us and we are both down for the count! I love my Fredrick and I can just tell that he is loving the new free life I have given him! One day, I will find him a female, add her to our happy home :)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-02
    That is awesome and Frederick is so lucky to have you.
  • Rainey - 2012-06-23
    That's exactly how I am with my turtle Pete. As I am typing this he is tucked between between my arm and blanket. I found him on the side of the road, he was looking like he was about to cross, and I didn't want him to be hurt. I brought him back to my apartment and put him on the patio. I live on the second floor, so the closed fence looking part allows him to look out at the field without falling or running away. For the first two to three weeks he would go as far as he could to the edge of the patio and stare out at the grass, it kind of saddened me, for the first 3 days he refused to eat, but he drank the water i gave him. I diced carrots and apples and put them on a bed of lettuce and hoped he would eat it.(he didn't) Everytime I brought him in the house to wander he turned around to the patio and scratched at the window. (it broke my heart) I decided that I would set him free in a kind of woody area my family went hiking at on the weekend. Then came that faithful day when i cut a slice of apple, left him alone in my room and came back an hour later and saw TURTLE BITES IN THE APPLE!! lol I was so excited. But now all he eats are red apples (without the red skin) worms, and occasionally avacados. I'm worried that just red apples and worms on a main diet, isn't enough to keep him healthy. He refuses to eat anything else, not even strawberries. Once he ate some bread after my little brother gave him a corner of his sandwich, but that was just once. Now he wanders around the house, but TODAY, when i put him outside on the patio, he turned his little shell around and came inside and eased up next to my leg. I was elated. Now he eats from my hand, follows me around, and I put him on my collar bone as well and sometimes he falls asleep, for the most part, he just likes to relax and watch me. I take him outside for about and hour a day twice a day and watch him wander and explore. He usually ends up digging a hole and sleeping in it, then about 20 minutes after he's sleep I take him from the hole and place him on his 'sleeping pillow'
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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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