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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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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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