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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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Kristina Gauthier Cikalo - 2012-05-15
We found a turtle recently and believe it is a red ear adult slider. He is about 10 inches I guess. Right now we have him in one of those blue plastic kiddi pools out side. We placed two large rocks in the middle for him to climb on to get out of the water. Does anyone know how much water I need in the pool? Does the water have to cover the top of his shell too? We just bought him some feeder fish. We also got lettuce for him. We have our two baby sliders in a 20 gallon tank could we but this other slider we found in there too? Please help!!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-15
    They should be able to be completely submerged and able to swim.
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gidget Perez - 2012-05-11
What type of fish if any is the best to put into a tank with my African Sideneck Turtle ? If they are able to co-habitat what is the best number to get of fish.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-11
    How large is the turtle?
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carol - 2012-04-29
I have a ?? for someone. My grandsons red slider got caught in the filter in my outdoor pond. His foot is scraped up and bleeding... I read that I should clean with betadine and usu liquid bandage to seal it and water proof it... so how much should he ba allowed in the water while hes healing?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-30
    He should be fine living as normal. They are fast healers. Good luck and keep an eye on it.
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Michaela - 2012-05-06
My dad found a red-eared slider in one of our pool filters, but luckily got it out before the chlorine killed it. I currently have it in a tub with water, rocks, and grass. What would be best to feed it? I'm assuming it's pretty young, as it is a little bigger than a silver dollar.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-07
    Scroll up in this animal World article for suggested feeding for your little guy.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-07
    If it is a young turtle from the wild I would use some live fish, insects, and introduce turtle pellets during feeding. Also add some calcium to the water. They sell little turtle shaped calcium tablets that slowly dissolve. This will keep it's shell strong.
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Connie Cruz - 2012-05-05
I have a ornate boxie and just love her. I am looking for another one. Everyone i know loves their boxie als and don't want to give them up. darn

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