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dakota - 2011-09-04
Thank you, this info was more helpful than any other website.

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    Animal-World info on Spiny Soft-shelled Turtle
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    Sammy - 2009-09-11
    I have 2 soft shell turtles, I cannot figure out what is wrong with one of them. A couple of days ago I noticed one not moving around and not wanting to eat. all it wants to do is lay on it's perch under the light. Any Ideas what might be wrong.

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    • Anonymous - 2010-10-10
      It might be sick.
    • sylvia romero - 2010-11-09
      Mine and my sisters soft shell turtle has been doing that too! Idk what to do and we are scared that it might die:( did you find any solutions that might help us too!?

      -sylvia&angelica
    • Anonymous - 2011-03-01
      I own a turtle myself and that story is very sad. I named my turtle Dots. They are very cute turtles.
    • gil - 2011-06-07
      A drastic change in behavior and it not wanting to eat could mean that it's a pregnant female.
    • jonah - 2011-08-05
      It's because they don't like how the tank looks. Think of there enviorment (they like plants sand/mud/rocks in there tank. Hope I helped
      Jonah
    • Kevin Doyle - 2011-08-31
      I agree with Jonah. I have a softshell, red ear slider and a pascagoula map turtle. I just upgraded from a ten galllon tank to a thirty gallon tank. I bought a product called a "viquarium" from a company called tetra fauna. After I set it up in my tank, I noticed allot more activity from all turtles. My softshell even burries himself under the dry rocks (I read that they do this in the wild, but he never did it when I just had them in the water with rocks at the bottom). The terrarium cost me $99 from a local pet store. I probably could have gotten it cheaper online, but when I saw it, I just had to have it. Feel free to email me and I will send pictures.
    • Kevin Doyle - 2011-08-31
      I also read that you should de-chlorinate the water that you put the turtles in. Also, I read that your tank should have about one tea spoon of salt per gallon of water, because the salt helps the turtles utilize the vitamin D more effectively for their shells. I actually put about two tea spoons of sea salt in ten gallons of water and my turtles have had no problem.
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    Mia - 2011-08-28
    I found an injured soft-shelled turtle and brought it home. It seemed alright on the outside, and it's bleeding a little on and off from it's neck and mouth. Is there anything I can do for it besides taking it to a vet? Thank you!

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    • adrienne - 2011-08-30
      He has to see a vet, he probably has internal bleeding and he could get an infection from outside wounds. he needs antibiotic. if he starts weezing, then he has a respitory infection, nothing you can do for that either. Vets don't cost that much for a turtle, my brother took his and the visit was $35.00 and the medicine is around 30. They will work with you if you explain your situation. I hope he is ok.
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    Kari Shannon Hart - 2011-08-29
    Examine the thickness and length of the tail. Male turtles often have fatter and longer tails than the female.[6][7]


    Check out the bottom

    Look at the bottom or underbelly of the turtles shell. If the plastron (bottom shell) is convex, goes out, it's probably a female. If its bottom shell is concave (rounded) or goes in toward the inside of the body, then the turtle is most likely a male. The reasoning behind this is that the females convex plastron provides more room for eggs, while the males concave plastron fits better over the females when mating.


    Claws
    Look at the turtles front or fore claws. Most male turtles have very long front claws.[11] Males use these claws in courtship. Note that the back claws are usually the same for both genders and that claw size doesn't hold for all species of turtles.

    However, if a male is a late bloomer or has been kept in inadequate conditions, the claws may not be noticeably longer.


    Check the turtles size.
    Check the turtles size. If you have more than one turtle, you can compare the sizes. In most species, the female turtle is larger. But the difference is usually very small, and you need to keep in mind that there are size variations within a gender too, so only use this sign along with many others.

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    trish - 2011-08-23
    I've had a male FL box turtle since March in my backyard...wondering if he's lonely for a playmate? Please contact if you find a friend to join him! No $$

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    Editor's Note - 2011-08-23
    I have some baby spiny at home. Some of them are sick now, they're dying slowly. They have this pimple-like spots in their body. Please help...thanks

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-23
      Animal World article attached and I can't find anything else out regarding ailments that isn't covered in the Animal World article. Try reading this first OK?
      http://animal-world.com/encyclo/reptiles/turtles/SpinySoftshellTurtle.php
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    Kendall McIntyre - 2011-08-22
    I found a baby turtle while I was on vacation around Lake Erie I am not sure what type of turtle it is and how I should care for it. It looks like it's either a Painted turtle or a Map turtle. The pattern on it's shell is similar to that of a Painted turtle but it's head and feet look more like a Map Turtle.

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    Pam - 2011-08-21
    I found a baby Fl. box turtle today while working in my yard. I have 2 aquatic red eared sliders I've had for almost 20 years, but do not know anything about box turtles...HELP! It's sooo tiny, about the size of a quarter. I was thinking to take it to a turtle rescue tomorrow but do not know how to care for it overnight. My daughter-in-law said I should put it back where I found it, but I cut down a gigantic bush that it was underneath and now I'm afraid a snake or bird may eat it, (as it's sooo small).

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-22
      It has been overnight so obviously you figured out a way to care for it. You can just take it to a rehabilitator - they would know what to do and where it can be released.
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    jonah - 2011-08-05
    Hello. My name is Jonah. I currently have 1 baby spiny softshell turtle living in my pond. It's shy around me but likes to be alone. I want it in a tank so I can see it everyday and I think it's better because the water in the pond is filthy,please help.

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-05
      Hi,
      The Spiny doesn't really make for a great pet. They get large and can be pretty agressive. They will bite. Yours is young and there is no reason you can't see him every day. They like the water and to house them would take a big area as they do get big. Have you thought about just taking food out to him at approximately the same time every day? You might make a friend.
    • Janell - 2011-08-19
      Hi. I have a spiny softshell that we've had for about 3+ years now. My son found her in the pool at the grandparents house when she was just a tiny hatchling. We've had her in one aquarium after another - they can grow really fast! We're looking into making a pond for her now - she's outgrowing the 125 gallon tank that she currently lives in. If you can catch your turtle with a net, you could put it in a tank, but it may miss its freedom. You will need a light for reptiles, and a heater for your water. d also find out if it's a male for female before you make this decision - females get bigger. It has been a joy for us having her in the tank, but it's been an expensive one! I buy semi-aggressive fish for her as tank-mates, but occassionally she eats them. I do buy her feeder-fish (rosys), but she hasn't touched the last ones, but decided to snack on my clown loaches instead... Just a few things to consider. Hope that helps! Good luck!
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    Arthur - 2011-05-22
    We have several Eastern box turtles but I got my first Florida box turtle today. Swapped a man down the road for a male. Can't wait to see my grandsons face for this one!!!

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-22
      Good for you. Gee, my grandson - he wanted a monkey. My daughter said she would shoot me. Not fair.
    • BOWIE ZIEHM - 2011-08-13
      HELLO ARTHUR

      PLEASE CAN YOU HELP ME ,I REALLY WANT TO HAVE TO BUY A BOX TURTLE 2 MALE AND FEMELLE BABY .
      I LEAVE IN COCONUT GROVE MIAMI FLORIDA .
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      305 804 43 43 .
      THANK YOU VERY MUCH .
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