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Paul - 2011-05-01
I live in El Salvador and we adopted one of these tortoises 15 years ago when he was about 10 inches long, and since then has grown around 2 inches more. As is mentioned for the ones from Nicaragua, its shell is not colorful. Locally, they tend to hibernate through the food-scarce dry season (around November-April) then spring into activity with the first rains of the rainy season (May-October). During hibernation they will often "disappear" to the bewilderment of their owners, hidden away in nooks and crannies. They love to eat any insect they manage to catch, as well as a wide variety of plants. A sad ethnographic note: it is widely believed here that tortoise's blood is an aphrodisiac. Our tortoise was rescued from a group of hunters who were about to use him in that way.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-02
    I am glad you rescued your tortoise. I am also glad that you enjoy him.
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Lucy - 2010-04-01
Today my family and I went down to the park/lake/track. This runner runs up to us and holds out his hand with a 2 in slider turtle and said he found it running, if we wanted it. My boys loved it. So how could I say no? I guess we'll be heading to the pet store tomorrow. I have him in a pail, with rocks and 3 in of water. He likes to be under the rock. and I have him under my lamp. I hope he doesn't die, he's not eating the lettuce I give him.

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  • CHARLIE MUNIZ - 2010-04-10
    Feed him or her reptomin for baby or fishes, little ones from pet shop.
  • hko - 2010-05-01
    You have to give him earthworms from soil with no chemicals. We just found one, too and we have a UVB bulb and warming bulb. The uvb keeps his shell hard. He loves them. Also guppies are good. Repto-min baby pellets he also eat. Lettuce is not enough. Go to Austins Turtle website.
  • Anonymous - 2010-05-05
    You can buy turtle food at your local pet shop---even Wal-mart~~~~ Good Luck!
  • ronny doige - 2010-06-03
    Res slider turtles are omnivores but are more carnivorous while young they may eat a little lettuce but most likely meat and pellets, and as they get older they will start eating more fruits and vegetables.
  • Anonymous - 2010-06-09
    Do you still have the turtle they need to be in a tank full of water, need heat lamp and water heat so they well eat. They don't like cold water.
  • Eklavya - 2010-06-13
    No it won't, its just because of change of habitat, if it dosen't eat what you are giving it try feeding it some bugs.
  • motasm - 2010-08-06
    Well I have two a male and a female the male's name is tac and the females minmin and I have them for a year with no bulbs or nothing so if you live in a warm country like me you don't need any heat source well at winter feed them after every three days at summer daily and I use the food from the sera company so I wish this helps you and remember to always take care for them lucy so that's what I do......
  • tabitha - 2010-09-22
    If you want some help with how and or what you need for the turtle I'd be glad to help.
  • Anonymous - 2010-10-26
    You really shouldn't keep him. He could be going through shock. After all, he is a wild turtle. He's not used to being around people.
  • Annette - 2010-11-03
    The turtle food sold in the shops is a good supplement but he also needs variety in his diet. Just as we can't survive just by eating broccoli only the turtle needs more variety. I have a RES turtle that is 44 years old. I have had him since he was 2 inches. Clean water, heat source and light are really important. Diet is just as important! The Veterinarian I take him to told me canned dog food, lettuce, spinach, brine shrimp and small fruits such as bananas and strawberry pieces are all part of his diet. He has made it to 44 years old.
  • Millie - 2011-02-20
    My grandson gave me his red eared slider and the turtle is about a 3 year old female. She is a great pet. She loves sugar snap peas and crunchy lettuce. She loves meal worms. I also buy very small feeder fish for her but she eats more of those in the warmer months than colder. She actually eats a lot less in winter. She is a very curious one. She does approach me when I come up to the pond and waits for her food. She also catches bees that hang out around the water. She is about 8 inches long and 6 inches wide. I built a good size pond for her and the koi that I have. I just purchased a african side necked turtle and she seems to watch over him. She loves the pond because she has so much more room. You really have to aerate the water and use a water conditioner to remove chlorine and other things from the water. They are definitely a responsibility but one that I love. Enjoy your turtle and find out as much as you can to take care of them. They require more protein as they grow bigger.
  • josh - 2011-04-26
    My name is Josh. I have one red ear slider.
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Jennifer - 2010-03-18
Hello, I have recently discovered a pig nose turtle in the pond at the park down the street and it has a baby with it! I live in Santa Barbara, Ca.
Is this rare?

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  • ben - 2010-06-03
    To find a pig nose in a pond is rare but make sure you don't mistake it with with a softshell.
  • Ethan - 2011-04-25
    Jenifer, it's a softshell!
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Josh - 2010-12-29
I have a spiny soft shelled turtle. I was wondering if it would be okay if a different family of turtle was in the tank with it, perhaps a Map turtle? I was looking to expand my tank with a different type of turtle.

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  • Susan - 2011-01-27
    Our son blessed me with 1 paint, 2 sliders, 2 snapping turtles and 1 soft shell. They have been in the same aquarium for approximately 2 years and have done very well together. The sliders and paint have grown considerably since we put them in the aquarium. We have really enjoyed watching them eat.
  • Ethan - 2011-04-25
    It should be fine to have 2 different types of turtles together unless it is under 4 in.
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resa - 2011-04-18
I've had my turtle for about six years now. I try to clean his tank every weekend. He is very greedy and eats a lot but he seems to be very happy. A also taking him out of his aquarium and let him walk around my yard every weekend. He loves it. He's the best turtle in the whole world. Soon, I would like to get a bigger aquarium for him as well as more plants and rocks in his aquarium.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-18
    Sounds like your turtle has a good owner. Enjoy
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Jordy - 2007-07-04
A few days ago i bought two baby red-eared sliders, they are about the size of a quarter and a fifty-cent piece. At first they didnt eat much (im asuming they were nervous), but now they eat most the food i give them. They are extremely fun to play with and they love going in the tub to swim around.

I named them rob and big lol. I love this site, and it helped me identify my turtles. Thanx for all the great information.

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  • Tyler Nick - 2011-04-10
    What do you have to feed the babies with?
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lavarus peterkin - 2009-12-24
I have 7 turtles a musk 1 ,snapper 1,red eared sliders 4,and yellow bellied slider 1

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Tanner - 2009-09-21
On September 21, 2009 I found a baby soft shell turtle about to get run over in florida.

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kyle - 2006-04-02
My name is Kyle and I have recently, about 3 months ago, bought this breed of turtle. I have attained 6 other turtles (diff, breed)in the past, releasing them into a sanctuary after reaching full maturity (they were all raised on live bait for when released). I find the Soft shell turtle very unique, and didn't know if I was taking care of it properly until I read this web page. The only thing I haven't been doing is putting salt in the water. I actually find turtles easy to take care of (if you really love them I guess), and noticed with all my turtles they become very affectionate over time. I have actually even caught my turtles several times watching TV. I love all animals and take great respect in the caring for these beautiful creatures! Your web site helped me undertsnad this breed alot more, and I'm thankful to you in knowing that I'm taking care of my soft shell properly.

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Christian Lloyd Loo - 2010-04-19
Last year,
I bought a red eared slider and fed it a lot because I didn't know it needed to eat few food because it was cold blooded and 2 weeks later it didn't eat at all so I tried to make it mad so I could feed it but it didn't eat and I used chlorinated water because I thought they could survive then it never ate at all and it started floating never going to the bottom. Then a month and a half later it died. Oh I live in the Philippines and I'm 11 years old my turtle was 2 inches long when I bought it and when it died.

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  • Dorion - 2010-04-30
    First, you feed the baby turtles krill, shrimp, mealworms, or bloodworms. You might have to cut the food for it to fit in the turtles mouth. It doesn't hurt to feed them vegetables, but give them more protein in their diet for the baby sliders. DO NOT give them chlorinated water. It is like a poison to them. Usually if you can drink it use that for the tank. Only feed the turtle 2 days a week, or small meals everyday. Make sure it gets enough UV(ultraviolet) radiation. You can buy a UV light for the tank. You will also need a basking rock for the turtle to you know bask.
  • jv - 2010-05-04
    I'm from philippines also. I have RES also, they are all female. Try to buy some RES that is very healthy.
  • Jared - 2011-04-08
    Read up how to care for it... I had RES since I was 10 and they are still healthy and alive after 16 yrs. Probably gonna out live me.
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