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Austin Burger - 2012-08-17
I have two baby turtles and the smaller one of the two has been on the land part of the tank for two days. Should I be worry about it?

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  • Larry John - 2012-09-24
    He should be fine if he is eating and drinking regularly. I would just watch for any other symptoms but he should be fine.
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JENNIFER - 2012-01-16
I'm in need of a female fl. box turtle. help! =)

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  • Gelacio Gonzalez - 2012-09-22
    Jennifer: I have terrapene carolina bauri female, I need a male, we can change.
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christian - 2011-07-08
I have a full grown african sideneck turtle and I caught a baby painted turtle. Will the african sideneck turtle attack it?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-08
    That you would have to watch. The african sideneck can be agressivre on occasion as to why or for what I don't know. I wouldn't let them roam around together until you have had a chance to see how they interact with each other on neutral teritory. Place them a foot apart on the floor or yard and let them see each other, get to hang out together and just introduce them graduallylike that for a few weeks with you supervising. If they get along - great but if not, you will be right there to insure that nothing happens. If attacked the little guy will just pull into his shell so it should be fine but when it comes to feeding etc, the little guy (unless they get along) could wind up on the short end of the stick. Should be fine but watch them.
  • christian - 2011-07-08
    Thanks. I did it and they actually started like checking each other out but they haven't fought yet. They have been in the the same tank since 2:00 today and haven't really fought at all. The sideneck just rubbed its head againt the painted turtle.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-08
    Sounds like your doing good with them. I would just put food in 2 differnt places. Think of them as two children.
  • Jen - 2012-09-16
    Yes, a turtles skin will shed...and their shells will grow as well...during this time. Hence, it is developing larger.
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Christian Herrera - 2012-09-07
Can I add a stingray to my tank to live with my turtle 150+ gallons

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    Your tank is definitely big enough, and red-earred sliders aren't really bottom dwellers. So there shouldn't be any competition for location, but a freshwater ray will definitely want a sandy substrate.
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Mary - 2012-09-06
A long time fish enthusiast my boys begged for something more interesting so we just got our first turtle, an African Snake-neck. It is awesome! He's so curious and really watches what we do! We researched and spoke at length with a local reptile dealer about the right turtle for us, how to set up his habitat and what his needs would be. After a bit of trial and error on my part I believe we have a nice situation for him. However, the turtle guy said only three or four inches of water were needed. Online articles I've read said 8 to 10 inches. I added more water and he used more of his habitat but when he retreated to his favorite end, which was then deeper, he acted panicky and distressed so I took most of the additional water back out. Any comments or suggestions?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-06
    These turtles normally need deeper areas of water.  It will get use to the extra water and actually enjoy the ability to go into deep water.
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Ren - 2012-09-02
I have a baby Eastern Spiny Soft shell Turtle. I have not set my tank up yet. I want it to be perfect so he's in a small plastic tub. I change the water everyday since its not a lot of water. I put some calcium sand in there and now there is a film on top of the water -  is calcium sand ok. I have also notice a light white fuzz on his neck can't tell if it is shedding of a fungus. any thoughts? thank you

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    I'm guessing its a fungus. Be sure to have a filter on his tank as that will help with the film, and can help prevent infections. You may want to treat the water with a fungal medication (like for fish). Once he's in a larger body of water, that should help. They are a more difficult water turtle to care for, but once you get him established and his final home on a maintenance schedule, you should do fine.
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Bryson - 2012-09-01
Where can u get a spiny soft-shelled turtle near Norman, OK or Van Buren, AR?

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Gemma D.R. Garcia - 2012-08-28
I have a spiny soft shelled turtle since 2010 after typhoon 'ONDOY' I put her/him in the aquarium and she/he eat a pellet like for my Japanese Coy fish food. I don't know how to identify the gender. Before I put her in my aquarium after a week my fish die that;s why I separate her to other aquarium. Also before she just 1-1/2 inch big now she is 2-1/2 inches. I'm enjoying seeing her swimming in the aquarium.

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Dawn Bice - 2012-08-24
I have a young Florida common freshwater snapping turtle....and I am not sure if there is any aquatic plants they like? Or if any are harmful? Thank you

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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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