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Eli - 2011-09-12
Do red sliders hibernate in winter?

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    Julie - 2010-04-15
    My daughter found a hatchling 3 summers ago...'Snappy' is a wonderful pet! He doesn't have an ounce of aggression in him! He loves to be snuggled and cuddled, despite the fact that he is a full-fledged snapper. He likes to sit on your shoulder when reading and watching the pages of the book turn, he enjoys TV from time to time...he is a very fast runner. He will actively come to you, but will not respond to his name. He will climb up on your back if you are laying on the floor watching TV. He will then 'pose' with his neck extended as he is saying "I am the king'...He will only eat pellets. The only time he hissed was from my daughter trying to file his overly long nails. He has NEVER snapped at us! He likes to hide in dark places...under couches, inside the spring of a rocker-recliner, and in the entertainment center if the door is left open. He is incredibly pleasant! We don't know if he is a 'he' or a 'she'...Snappy will even take a nap with us! Snappy feels completely safe with us. It is nothing for him to take a nap while holding him swaddled in his blanket. My daughter made a tee-pee for a school project...it is small...Snappy likes to hide-out in the tee-pee if left on the floor. I know this sounds completely impossible, but this is all true! My daughter bought a small puppy-sized collar to put around his shell like a harness...she attached a leash. Girl and turtle will go for a walk. We live near a slow-moving stream. Snappy enjoys swimming in the water and digging in the mud. He gets so dirty that the only thing you see are the blinking of his eyes. He has been once incredible pet! Friends and family enjoy him, too...

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    • Ty - 2010-09-23
      Sorry to bother you, but my mother-in-law and I recently found a snapping turtle hatchling and we were wondering what to feed it and how to determine gender. Thank you.
    • Heather - 2011-09-11
      I have a three year old female snapper named Jordan that I found as she hatched. She is so much like your Snappy! She loves attention, and will follow me around. She watches TV and video games with us, and LOVES music! I used to leave my keyboard music on for her all day long, and she stretches her neck way out and in the water seems to...."dance" to it. She really is a sweetheart, and all of our family loves her! They're amazed that a snapping turtle can have so much personality and be so nice. Jordan does, however, recognize her name, and will immediately look at me and come to me when I call her. Weird, huh? :)
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    Elena - 2011-09-11
    I am thinking about getting a turtle. Recently I’ve looked at an African Sideneck, but those grow to be too big to fit in the tank I’ve gotten. Will these be small enough to live their entire lives in a 20-gallon tank?

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    • Clarice Brough - 2011-09-12
      You really need a bigger aquarium for a turtle. You can house juveniles in a smaller tank, but as they grow, you need to provide a bigger home. Even the smaller turtles, like the mud turtles and the musk turtles reach up to about 5" across, so a 55 gallon aquarium would be best for an adult of these species.
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    dakota - 2011-09-04
    Thank you, this info was more helpful than any other website.

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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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