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**** you - 2009-04-07
You can not own endangered animals as pets!

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  • Anonymous - 2010-04-02
    If they are captive born and bred you can.
  • Shawn Handley Jr. - 2012-04-09
    Yes you can. You can also have a permit. How do you think people have pet tigers and lions?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-09
    Yes, you can own endangered animals as pets and you cn breed them. The requirements are different in differnt states but the requirements for each state are with the fish and game department for that state. Example - monkeys In Florida you need 1000 hours working with monkeys and a license through the department of Fish and game. You have to be inspected and meet certain criteria regarding housing, food, maintenance etc. Same thing with alligators. Whales, bears, tigers, lions - same thing. Some times some animals are easier than others but inall cases - most require a license/inspection/testing.
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Meaghan - 2012-04-02
I have a female painted turtle, and I am almost 100% sure she's an eastern. I've been thinking I'd like to get her a mate, but does anybody know a trustworthy breeder near Canandaigua, NY? Petco only stocks red-eared sliders. I got my turtle originally from a grandma from a fleamarket in florida. Inbreeding shouldn't be an issue.

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Erika Wolf - 2012-03-27
How many years do these turtles live up to and how big do they get?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-27
    They get to be between 8 to 11 inches - 11 inches being large. Theire life expectancy is really a broad range going from 20 - 70 years. A lot depends on enviornment and food.
    Mom and pops genetics have to figure in there too.
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Geri Willingham - 2012-03-26
We've had our female slider for 8 yrs and have rebuilt the outside pond twice as she's grown; she's over 10 inches now. She's laid eggs at least 4 times that we know about; only 3 hatchlings have survived, one male now 1-1/2 yrs old and two brand new ones - who were adorable with great bold personalities. Yesterday, by chance my husband saw Matilda eating one of the babies! He grabbed her but she had already bitten off the front legs and it was dying. I cannot describe how devastating this has been.
We managed to get the other baby out and have it in a separate container for now. Is there an explanation for this behavior? Maybe she
needs more space or we should release her somewhere where there are
other sliders in a lake. First, is the surviving baby ok alone for now?
The older male is still with her but nearly 6-7 inches now; I neglected to say that his mother took a small bite from his shell at an early age; he survived this and seems quite healthy. Thanks so much for any advice.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-26
    Red-eared Sliders eat meat and they are also creatures of prey. They do not have anything to do with the rearing of their young and would see them primarily as food. It is just nature and normally the young would get pretty far away from the big guys. You would have to remove the young from the parents in order to protect them. Sorry - but nature.
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Morgan - 2012-03-24
i have 2 RES, both females i believe. i got the second one not too long ago because her previous owner was not taking care of her properly. she 's eating well, but she hisses and tries to snap at everything. could it be possible that she has " trust issues "? i would really love for her to feel safe and protected but im not too sure how. please help * : /

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-24
    Handle her daily. Make sure it knows you are the one feeding. Spend a lot of time around the tank so it gets use to movements. It will relax, just needs to know you arent a predator.
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Elizabeth Gonzalez - 2012-03-23
I have one painted turtle and three red ear sliders in a 60 gallon tank I want to know how or what i can do for the turtles to have baby turtles.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-24
    How is your tank set up now? Have you sexed your turtles yet?
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kamryn - 2012-03-18
I found a soft shell turtle today and I don't really know what size tank to get him. Some one help me

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-19
    how big is the turtle?
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guillermo - 2012-03-14
I like turtles so much I want a pond of turtles.

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Anonymous - 2011-03-24
Hi I have two map turtles that I recently adopted and I am unaware of what type of map turtles they are. Also the male has something wrong with his shell, I have given him the necessary environment with a UVB bulb and a large quiet basking area but he seems to be making little progress with the recovery of his shells health. Any advice would be very appreciated.

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  • michaelmadsen - 2011-05-21
    They are fals map turtles and they are endangerd. I found one yesterday.
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Jean - 2009-06-07
The first spiney shell turtle I found was on the shoreline of Lake Michigan in mid to late spring. It was about the size of a silver dollar. I doubted it lived there and there were gulls nearby so I brought him home. I called him a pancake turtle and found out from our nature center what he was. He lived outside in our old iron bathtub with a filter and fountain until it got cold, then I took him to our nature center where he lived for several years, but sadly died. Sometime after that I was again walking on the beach and found another one! Again he went into the bathtub and we enjoyed him for several months, but he vanished even though I have always kept wire over the top. A year later and just a few days ago walking on the beach I found another one!! He is now happily ensconsed in the old bathtub/fountain. It has always been a mystery to me how they end up on the sandy shores of vast Lake Michigan with nary a river, creek nor small lake nearby to where I've been finding them. I thought intially maybe they had been sucked up in the intake of a boat and spit out when it anchored off shore. But now, after reading your article, it seems more likely they get caught in a clump of debris and float to where I have found them three different times over the years. They are such rare, delightful treasures! This year in September we will set him free in a river nearby, hoping he survives and thrives.

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  • glass - 2010-09-01
    Do you think it is wise to release them back into the wild? Since you have had them in captivity every thing that I have read tell you not to release them back into the wild.
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