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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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Biologist - 2010-04-24
The turtle pictured on the painted turtle page at the top is a common map turtle, not a painted turtle.

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-05-22
    This photo was contributed as a painted turtle and the red markings are visible, however its identity cannot be determined absolutely from the picture. We hope to replace it with a more definitive picture in the future.
  • turtle rescue - 2010-10-18
    Biologist? Where did you get your degree? Are you a turtle expert? I certainly am, and checked just to make sure I was not mistaken (quite thoroughly) so unless they change their picture since your post. I real must "beg to differ." common map turtles look NOTHING like the picture at the top of the page. maybe a false map, but even then no. Note the slight red coloration around the edges? You can't see the underside well, but judging by the pattern and the red tinted edges, I would say this site is accurate in that picture and you may want to stick to you basic biology, go back to school and get a more specialized degree in something. All this is being said very kindly compared to what I would like to say.
  • debrah - 2011-07-11
    Hello, I have been reading many different ways to identify the sex of my baby turtle. It's shell is the size of a half dollar, so not sure of age. (Son found him in a small pond in the woods behind my house.) He is very alert, and seems as if he/she knows who I am. Very entertaining, and can be embarrassing when caught; gagaga and gooing when you think no one is there. Also would like to know, how do they sleep? In water or on land?
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AJAY - 2011-07-09
It has been a good experience landing on this site. I finally got something that I was looking for. Many many many thanks. Hope to read more in the the future.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-09
    Glad you enjoy it. Don't forget to leave us your esperiences and your knowledge. Many are novice and have lots of questions. With your interest in reading and looking for information, I'd say you are going to learn and know a lot. We appreciate all those who are interested in helping others with their pets. Much of that comes from the owners of the pets.
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SHanaynay - 2011-06-19
Hello well me and my friend found a turtle at her house. When I left that day she let the turtle go. A week later I came back and she found the same turtle for a second time. We thought that was funny until she let it go and 3 days later she found it when I was over. She let it go one last time. I came over a few days later and we found it in her BASEMENT. It scared us both and now we think that I am a charm. I know turtles like to stay in one place and call it home but not every time I come over. And she found it in the basement. We don't know how it got there but it was a little freaky. Just wanting to post this to see if anyone had an idea bout what had happened?

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Danielle - 2011-05-31
Hey just got a side neck and was wondering do they shed their skin or is there a problem help?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-01
    Yes it is normal. It is part of the growing process. Turtles do not molt their skins all at once, as snakes do, but continuously, in small pieces. When kept in aquaria, small sheets of dead skin can be seen in the water (often appearing to be a thin piece of plastic) having been sloughed off when the animal deliberately rubs itself against a piece of wood or stone.

    OK? So don't worry. enjoy
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isiah - 2011-05-28
Mine is doing fine.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-28
    That's good.
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