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Joey - 2008-12-24
I need help!! I have the highest interest in taking good care of my soft shelled turtles (1male/1female). I've had them for about three months now and they are small; their shell is about 2.5 inches.The problem i have is dealing with what type of light or lights they need and dont need. The edge of their shells toward their ends started curving up. Their shells around the end curved up so much they scoop up sand with their shells. Ive tried different pet stores and each one tells me something different. no one knows specific information about these types. instead of explaing the many different things everyone has told me, can someone with experience tell me what they do need. I have them a 20gal tank, fresh water with filter, basking lamp and floating dock.. The only thing i have bought is the basking lamp for them because everything has told me i need and dont need many things..can anyone help?

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  • Zachary F - 2010-04-02
    Their shells naturally do that and even though I'm 12 I know a lot about reptiles from research and TV. I know stuff from turtles that even date back from 200 million years ago and that dinosour snakes have legs and that crocs back then were ten times bigger and many more PRESENT information.
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laura armstrong - 2007-10-28
I hatched six turtle eggs and all but one lived. They live together in a tank and they are great. I was doing some reaserch on them and the only thing I did wrong was not putting salt in their water. I spend about 70.00 dollars a week to feed them and keep plants in there with them. I handle all of them daily, they don't try to bite me. They will if they don't know your scent. My daughter tried to pick one up and the turtle tried to bite. They are speical. I need to find someone that wants one or two, as they are getting too big, and costing a lot of money to keep all.

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mary - 2012-03-08
Do I leave his lights on all the time or how do the lighting go for african sideneck turtles?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-10
    I would get a lighting system with quality spectrum lights on a timer and at night have moonlights turn on.
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Carol Lee - 2011-07-31
I found 2 young (not babies) Apalones in a pet shop. They were in a ten-gallon tank, and just going nuts trying to get out. I bought them and a 55-gallon tank on the spot. They have settled into their new home nicely and seem okay.

They act and look healthy with the exception that their shells are curling up in the rear. What causes that and what should I do? Is it calcium-related? I want to help them but don't know how. I live in a small town and would have to drive more than 50 miles to a herp. I hope someone knows what is wrong with them. Thank you so much for your help.

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-08-30
    I think the curling up as you refer to is natural as they are soft shell and the tail curls downward which has the shell sort of attached to it. So, it would naturally tip down when the tail does. If I'm wrong, I'd like to know. My son just brought one of these turtles (baby) to me that he found at his shop-he's a welder and the shop is right next to a pond.
  • kevin doyle - 2011-08-31
    I had the same problem with my spiny soft shell turtle. The back of his shell began to turn up at a 45 degree angle. The shell was turned up on both sides and the back of the shell as well. The pet store told me that I did not have enough uv light in the tank. I had him in a ten gallon tank with a ceramic coated uv bulb. I was hesitant about buying an additional light source, but saw a used one in the store for only $25, so I bought it. The additional light was a strip light (flourescent uv bulb). It only took a week and his shell is perfect, just as the day I bought him.
  • Carol Lee - 2011-09-13
    The curling up is NOT natural. These are not my first soft-shells; just the first ones I have ever seen with this curling-shell problem. The curling is pathological, not normal; that much I know out of my own experience.
  • Carol Lee - 2011-09-13
    Kevin: Thank you so much. Several herps (on the phone) did not know the answer to this. Do you happen to know whether your bulb was UVA or UVB? I don't know what these letters mean in terms of the difference between the two; only that the pet store has both. Perhaps there is another kind that is both? See how ignorant I am? Any help is extremely much appreciated as I am now completely in love with these two little clowns.
  • Wyatt holcomb - 2011-10-04
    Do yuo have a uvb light and a basking spot?
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regina - 2006-11-13
My 17 year old son gave me a soft shell turtle for my birthday. I don't know a whole lot about them. He sits in his little home here by my computer desk. I change his water every other day. This seems to make him happy. There are 2 baby guppies that share his home. I am not sure if he will eat guppies but so far he hasn't.

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Jessica Turtles - 2010-08-27
That would be the turtle I have- I currently own two box turtles, Scout/female/5yrs. & Percy/male/8yrs. They LOVE to eat grubs, worms, centipedes a roly-polies. Advice: If you are new at turtle owning, I suggest you read this page thoroughly and go to your local vet for help- maybe even go to your pet store. Some turtles that have a new environment are often uncomfortable and will refuse to eat. Try to get a tank, some nice terrain, a pool, a food dish, and a plant potter/ and or hollow thing that is big enough for a turtle. When filling up your tank, my turtles like water but mainly live on land, so the pool is great for turtles like mine and possibly yours. Make sure when you are pouring your dirt to pile it up in one area (turtles like to burrow). Put your hideout(your plant holder and or hollow thing) on the dirt or wood< whatever your using as terrain, then put your pool and your food dish. Try to put a variety of things in your turtles food dish like: cantaloupe, lettuce, carrots, apples, worms, grubs, roly-polys, centipedes, caterpillars, and turtle food you buy. Do not kill the bugs, or chop the lettuce or carrots, but do chop the apples into slices. Because, turtles will not eat the food because it is not how they would find it in the wild. Take your turtles outside also, keep a good eye on them, they can be fast( no sarcasm intended) your turtles or turtle will enjoy the sunlight and fresh air. Try not to linger on the turtle, for it will be scared and feel unsafe and wont go play. But do keep a good eye on them. Turtles are great friends, but need special care, so do not leave your turtle or turtles in the sun too long, and do NOT take your turtle out in freezing temperatures, keep them in their tank and a heat lamp hovering over the tank. That's my advice :)

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jashaun mcneil - 2010-07-13
Do eastern box turtles live in salt water?

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  • Matt H - 2010-09-17
    no an eastern box turtle is a land animal.
  • Anonymous - 2010-10-24
    NO!
  • Cassiopeia - 2011-07-21
    Definitely no. They do like fresh water and a good log, best place for soaking in the sunshine!
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anne - 2012-03-07
Our turtle (about 7 years old) has developed a problem with his shell, not sure how to treat it. I have pictures if anyone has any knowledge on this issue. Your help will be appreciated!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-07
    describe issue? Send a picture, may be able to help from there.
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Dr.Feelgood - 2011-12-02
I have 2 red ear sliders. They are really tamed they come up when I call their names!!!

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  • Vik - 2012-02-09
    That's awesome!! Did you train them to respond like that? I have a small one, would love it if he could do that.
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Anonymous - 2012-02-04
I have had a african side neck for about 6 months and it has always been very placid and just used to keep to itself. I have another turtle in with it also. Over the past few days it has started to be very aggressive and goes for the other turtle and also went for me. It also attacks the side of the tank as people walk past. Does any
one know why this is and what I can do about it? Thanks

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  • Cely - 2012-02-06
    When my ASNT attacks the side of her tank, I ussually let her out to walk around my living room. Then she will explore all the corners of the room and fall asleep. Maybe she is tired of been inside the tank all day.
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