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Claudia - 2012-08-09
I was given this turtle by a friend who could not keep it. He's fun to watch. My turtle will not eat tomatoes. He will eat the dead scorpions in our yard and was caught eating a dead baby bird still in shell!!!! It found it's home under the evergreen trees. I found it today sleeping, by our porch behind a bag of potting soil and a basket??? Weired!!! I hope he likes it hear but I occasionally see it by the gate wanting to crawl out. I leave in the desert and my yard is big enough to roam, sometimes I wonder if it is happy here.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-10
    If it wasn't happy, he would move on down the road.  He is happy/
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-08-10
    If he wanted to leave he would burrow under the fence.  This guys are very resourceful.  Make sure to have water for it to get in and out of.
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Timothy West - 2012-07-08
I have two African Sideneck turtles. I have had them for about three weeks. They have good appetites and are very active, but they seem to prefer to remain in the water and have never come out to bask that I can tell (at least I have not seen them basking). They are about 5' in length and have ample basking areas. They seem to prefer to either hide under the basking area or rest on the submerged heater. The basking area is about 85-90 degrees F as is indicated in my research prior to purchasing the turtles. Is there something wrong with them? Are there any health issues I should be lookingout for? They have a basking lamp and a UVA and UVB lamp....

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  • Anonymous - 2012-07-10
    My African sideneck prefers to stay in the water too. He hides out by the water heater. Unless they show some signs of illness, this is normal. Most turtles are very timid and shy. They love to hide. I know mine comes out and lays on his floating log at night.
  • Timothy West - 2012-07-16
    Thanks!
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Leena - 2012-07-10
I have an African sideneck turtle that I had purchased from Petsmart. He is fantastic and very active. I recently changed his enclosure and added fir bark (Reptibark brand). The enclosure is very similar to the one they had set up at the store where he used to be. I was curious if it was okay to use bark though. I've never used bark for an aquatic turtle enclosure. He likes to bury himself in it too. Just curious if anyone else has tried it.

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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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