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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
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    PLEASE CAN YOU HELP ME ,I REALLY WANT TO HAVE TO BUY A BOX TURTLE 2 MALE AND FEMELLE BABY .
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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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