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Michelle - 2011-08-25
I have a painted turtle born Memorial Day weekend 2011. He sleeps in the sand and he loves any type of meat. I was wondering if lunch meat (cooked ham) was o.k. for him. He really loves cooked turkey burger and chicken. He still has no interest in vegetation, but I do give him a wide variety of foods...mini krill, mini shrimp, pellots, cooked meats from our dinner. I have tried giving him bananas and carrot tops, as well as a vary of greens, and he shows no interest. I love him. He knows me and he's very gentle taking his food. He also lets me rub his neck and belly without squirming.

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  • ray - 2011-10-09
    No. Processed meat is way too fatty and full of stuff that has little nutritional value. Less processed but cooked meat is kind of okay, but live food like earthworms and other insects are better. Crickets, grasshoppers, that kind of thing.
  • James - 2011-11-29
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sylvia - 2011-09-29
I was looking to post a question about asn turtles. We took one about 2 yrs old from a neighbor. He was doing great but now his eye looks a bit swollen or he keeps the lid closed. Pet shop says it is due to water quality. We clean tank each week. I bought test strips but can't find info on what ph, nitrite, nitrate, gh (general hardness) and kh (carbonate hardness) should be? any help?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-29
    Article on Animal World African Side Neck which covers a little bit on eye problems. Scroll down the article and look at Ailments and Health problems and you will see eye problems there. It also says they are very tolerant of water conditions. I would think if you can drink the water - it should be safe for him. Possibly stress of move.
  • Ron - 2011-10-05
    most likely needs more vitamin A and also would help would be vitamin a eye drops
  • WIll - 2011-11-21
    1) Go to the pet store or wal-mart and get a pump for the tank ( it will help a lot, so you will only have to clean it every two months), it does not have to be expensive just go buy some affordable.
    2) Buy 'Top Fin' at a pet store or wal-mart; all you have to do is get this and put it in tap water so the turtle can breathe a little better (Two drops for every gallon).
    3) Take him outside, let him run around while watching (He can runaway before you know it).
    4) If he starts to stink up the place, it maybe that theres some left over food in there or he pooped.
    5) If he stinks real bad, take the tank and him outside and leave it there (It will take a while for the smell to get out of the house).
    6) If you have a dog, make sure that you keep the dog away.
    7) Clean the tank if needed.
    8) Don't worry about leaving him outside, he'll be fine (unless it is really cold or hot)
    9) Don't ask the pet shop, they will make up something for you to buy stuff that you don't need.
    10) Wash you hands real good after you have touch the turtle or anything that might have touched it and the tank.
    11) Clean the tank with ONLY hot or cold water( hot water is the best), don't put dawn or bleach in the tank.

    If you listen to me, the turtle might get better in three weeks or so.
    Don't forget to fed him, if you don't he'll start scratching on the tank and might fall on its back.

    Note: This type turtle loves to dig, and loves caves; get something flat (not too big or small) and put it in there( like a CD case or something), make sure that it's not dangerous.
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becki - 2008-07-07
Hey I just got this african turtle from my friends sister cause she couldnt take good care of it. It has become swollen and he doesnt move alot. When I first got him he ate the aquatic balls for turtles then he stopped eating them. I have seen him eat a fish now and then but only rarely. Now I'm just scared because i think i might be killing my turtle and dont even know it.

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  • Tommy - 2011-09-03
    First of all your turtle is getting proper lighting, if the poor turtle doesn't have proper lighting which is the basking lamp,and that's prolly all it needs, because some owner say u need two different type of lighting , but it's all B.s, basking lamp is all you need which acts like the sun just like in the wild, and you must be cofused if it's a him or her because you say her first then him hahah, I feel bad for the turtle. I have two african sideneck and they are happy in my 29 gallon tank with a basking lamp, gravels, and a 90gph filter! And some fake plants and basking area! And they eat all day! So your doing something wrong foo!
  • joe - 2011-09-03
    If it's a male u would know by its thick fat long tale a females is like maybe a half inch...but your turtle maybe getting 2 fat. I would cut back on feeding it some....they will pig out as long as your feeding it....far as a heat lamp is true it does put out heat like the sun but with no uvb which is the 2nd lighting the guy is talking 2 u about...with mud turtles they like to stay hidden n the water at least the females does...the males like to bask...the heat helps with there food....uvb gives them energy but really no need since they like to dwell n the water all day....if your water is 2 cold that might b why the turtle isn't active
  • joe - 2011-09-03
    warm up the water about 75-80 degrees n c if it will eat then if so i would get a water heater 4 it..hope this helps i would hate for your turtle 2b sick
  • CD - 2011-10-28
    Under water the asn swells up to conserve air...I think its the water temp because once you hit the sweet spot it will be very active looking for food. The asn are 'foodies' so you have to fight the guilt to give them whatever they want. They are also a bit shy so it takes repetitive interaction outside the tank for them to find interest in you and not run. I have a funny guy who is playful until he is done then he runs from me. They are not easy to care for but it's worth the investment in time and energy. They are funny little critters when they want to be. Mine now allows hand feeding but it takes trust. He does every so often try to get me instead of the food but not a serious bite just a hey I gotcha.
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Corin Stirbu - 2011-07-07
I tried giving my turtle a piece of apple, and carrot, and it just stepped on them haha, but then I put a piece of tomato and it ate it like it was nothing.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-07
    You got a fussy turtle there. Tomatoe is soft and the scent is stronger. He will learn.
  • Kayla - 2011-11-02
    My Fredrick is the same! I wonder if it's a red thing. I've tried all sorts of fruits, he is only attracted to red fruits! Tomatoes, raspberries, salmonberries (alaskan) and he LOVES strawberries!! Havent been able to try cherries yet!
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chris brown - 2011-10-13
My soft shell has not been eating lately and i don't know why?

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rebecca - 2011-10-12
I have had a spiny for approximately 3 years now and I just got two more but they are about half my other ones size...will my larger one harm or kill my smaller ones?

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feona - 2011-10-09
I just got a new baby painted turtle and I want to play with her but I'm worried because she is only about a couple days old. What should I do?

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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-09
    Baby painted turtles are exciting pets to have! However, when they are small, (and even when they are larger) they are quite fragile. You could carefully hold your turtle for 10-15 minutes once, or twice per day, and then place her back into her home.
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shelbie - 2011-09-22
You will love them. They are so cute

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mike crash - 2011-09-20
i am looking for a female three toed box turtle as a mate for "maverick" also looking for a male eastern box for the same perpose.

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Turtle Boy - 2011-09-15
I have had turtles for a while now and recently came across another one. It is a baby painted turtle. All it eats is dried shrimp, and I am worried that if that is its whole diet that it might not develop properly. How do I get it to eat other food like pellets?

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-15
    Younger Painted turtles are carnivorous and will eat fish, worms, crickets, and floating turtle food. As they get older they are more herbivores eating water lettuce, water hyacinth, and duckweed in addition to romaine lettuce, kale, and other greens.
    Read up on painted turtles care and feeding in attached Animal World article. You can feed your guy other meats - and other greens -
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