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Renee - 2011-07-30
I purchased 2 red eared sliders 9 months ago for my son and we became very fond of them. We bought them a 20 gallon tank, equipped with filtration system, proper lighting, basking room, air rock....the works. From the beginning, I noticed that one turtle (Squirt is what we called him) was having a hard time seeing when we fed him. The other (Crush) was able to feed just fine and flourished. Squirt, however, I had to feed by hand because he had a hard time grabbing his worms or nutrition pellets when he couldn't quite see them. But 3 days ago, I noticed that his eyes looked a little bulgy, but he otherwise seemed fine. Then the next two days, he seemed weak, and when I fed him he was struggling to grip his food. I also noticed that his skin seemed to look a little swollen. I started to get worried, and was going to take him to the vet on Monday. However, tonight when I got home, I noticed that his body was completely swollen and his eyes looked like they were going to pop, and he was floating. I couldn't tell if he was alive or not until I took him out to observe and his neck was totally limp. He was dead! I am so confused and mortified. What could have happened? We need some closure for our little spunky friend Squirt. Please help!

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  • Christopher - 2011-08-09
    Dear Renee You had everyting you neeeded for your turtle.

    And one of them were healthy too.
    Maybe he strated to show his symtoms there,so maybe the pet shop give him to you so that he would infect the other turtles and they could get rid of him

    You didn't do anything wrong
  • Justin - 2011-08-11
    Well it could be from the lack of space or some kind of internal parasite problem. 20 gallons is too small for RES they prefer more spacious habitats. A good rule of thumb for that is that they need 10 gallons x their shells length, and 10 gallons X their shell width. Since you had two turtles you would need an aquarium twice that size. If it is an internal problem which it kind of sound like it was since you said it had trouble from the beginning. It's probably because the petstore or breeder or where ever you got them wasn't taking care of them properly and it was probably already sick when you bought it, because reptiles don't usually display symptoms of illness until it's Very sick. I would get Crush checked out ASAP. Any abnormalities should be investigated by a vet as soon as they occur. I hope this helps.
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Christopher - 2011-08-10
Charlie I live in the uae

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-10
    My lightbulb is not going on here at all. I don't understand uae - I am sorry. You asked about the heater and said the water was freezing. In the house? Also you asked about light - the light to allow them to bask will also help with the water temperature and the UV light is for the health. I am dahhh sorry missing something. I do have blond days - too many of them actually.
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Christopher - 2011-08-09
I have a pair of red ear sliders
I have their tank,fillter and the heater but no basking area or heat lamp, and their heater does'nt seem to be working.

I mean like every time I put my hand in their water it's freezing.

But do I need a heat lamp for my turtles
I put them in the sunlight almost everyday to bask
so do I still need a heat lamp.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-09
    Information on Animal World says a shop light with UVB-emitting bulbs and at least one basking spot with a 100 watt spotlight. This really doesn't have as much to do with heating as it does health. The red ears will tolerate cold and even be fine if their pond ices over going into hibernation but they do need UV light (sunlight) just like humans and they do need a basking area. Good news is it doesn't sound like they need the heater. They have those metal clamp on lights at Home Depot or Lowes (and they are cheap - maybe $2.99)and you can just put in 100 watt bulb in one and a UV in the other and you can direct the light. Sound good to you?
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sean - 2010-04-17
Can you have an african side neck turtle and a red eared slider in the same tank and get along?

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  • bojangles - 2010-06-27
    You cannot, reason is because they can fight and eventually die.
  • carlie - 2010-12-19
    NO WAY! NO NO NO... they will kill each other...
  • Rae - 2010-12-30
    Well these other replies are wrong and right, what you should do is put them together in a little plastic container, or in the same tank for about an hour, and just watch them, make sure there is no fighting or itching, then take them out and keep doing this, but gradually make the time longer, and as long as they don't fight you should be able to move them in with each other. My red eared slider and african side neck turtle get along great! They both love each others company, they have been together for a little over a year, and don't fight! Hope this helps!
  • Jennifer - 2011-02-17
    I'm about to buy an ASN turtle to live with my RES, we found him in a pet store and he currently lives with another ASN and two painted turtles, and they seem to get along very well. I assume that since he's already socialized that he should get along just fine with my RES. I will post again in a couple of days with some follow up info on how they are getting along.
  • shannon - 2011-04-25
    I have 2 red ear slider turtles and 1 african side-necked turtle and they get along just fine.
  • Lyndee Holyoak - 2011-05-27
    Yep! They actually can become great friends!
  • April - 2011-06-24
    I actually have an ASN and a RES and they get along great. They've lived together for quite a few years now with no problems at all. Although my recent delimma is that our female RES just laid eggs with our male ASN....any advice or information would be awsome!
  • Ron - 2011-08-04
    Like what ray said was the best....Petsmart sells them both res and side necks being in the same tank together ...They seem to be real friendly ...lol oh yeah I guess I scared it when holding him 1 day because he put out 1 smelly musk :D
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Grant W - 2010-12-28
Hi I have 2 african side-necks got them from a friend about 6 months ago I am concerned about them as I have witnessed my smaller turtle biting at the bigger one mainly the back feet and head area. When this happens my bigger turtle just freaks out and bolts all round the tank, I just want to know is this normal behavior or should I separate them?

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  • Tasha - 2011-02-09
    Hi,
    My mum had two African Side Necks and the larger one nipped the smaller ones back legs and large sores began to emerge on her back half. We separated them, but they seemed to be lonely without each other and so we put them back together to see how they were, but the larger one still bit her back legs and tail, so we had to permanently separate them.
    Try having them out together. Just get a few old towels, and an eagle eye (as they will usually leg it under anything they can and they are fast on land too!). Though this may be difficult if the turtle being bitten doesn't want to be near the other one.

    My turtles seem very intelligent, so maybe try putting yours in a small tank together for small amounts of time. See if the behavior continues, then 'reprimand' the biting turtle (a light tap on the nose for eg.) whenever she goes for the other one - just a suggestion. x
  • Anonymous - 2011-06-07
    I have a african side neck turtle and it does not like to go to its lite and it is always closing it's eyes is something wrong?
  • Ron - 2011-08-04
    Grant that would mainly be normal if you have to males or 2 females..What sex have you got in your tank....When they are doing the turtle dance they try to see who's the boss but the one biting is already taken over your tank...You should move them if there the same sex.
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Pam - 2011-07-12
Do they breathe like fish? Do they need to get out of the water much? I put one in my pond with walled sides that turtles rarely can get out of. The next day it was in my swimming pool somehow. I put it back in the pond and have never seen it since. I see all of my other turtles swimming around and taking turns basking in the sun. Where do you think this one is? My turtle pond is inside the pool fence which others haven't escaped from and my yard has a block wall. - I can't imagine anything being able to get out.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-12
    They breathe out of water. If your little guy is enclosed in, there has to be someway he is hiding. He might have just gotten lost. I doubt he would just walk out when a door was open but it happens. Pool filter? Just look everywhere. OK? If he can't get out, he has to be in.
  • felicity - 2011-08-02
    They do not breathe like fish but will lay buried in whatever they can bury themselvs in. sand,loose gravel rock or plant matter. They need to be able to bury themselvs when frightened or they can become stressed, and they also hunt that way. Usually with their shell all but the top buried ( hence its coloring ) to where their heads can extend out for a breath (hence the long neck) and they will await a fishy to swim by...you can over look them and never know it. Sneaky!
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Jaimi - 2011-08-02
I found a turtle that fits this description in my driveway. I live in Colorado Springs and he has been happily living in my kitchen sink for a week......He loves chicken and turkey, and grape tomatoes. What do I need for a "turtle home"??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-02
    Attached is Animal World article that has certain recommendations for your new friend. Probably the kitchen sink is a little inconvienient at times. For you - maybe not for him.
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Krystal Dotson - 2011-08-01
Found something that looked like this in Indania. It was HUGE!! Bigger than a basketball.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-02
    Bet you were surpirsed. What did you do?
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Kristin Oconnor - 2011-07-29
My turtle has a lump on the side of it's neck. I think it is an ear abscess. Anything I can do to treat it at home?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-29
    If you are right and it is an absyss, I think it would have to b lanced and drained. I think it is time to go to the vet.
  • Kristin Oconnor - 2011-07-29
    Thanks....I will get him checked out.
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steven - 2011-07-12
Alligator snaping turtles are not mean when they are young I had one. He was so nice he would swim right into your hand and follow you and strech his head out for you to pet his head and he never bite one person.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-12
    Snapping turtles don't always snap, believe it or not.
  • steven - 2011-07-13
    i know --right.
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