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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
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

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

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.
jayvee - 2010-05-04
Hi, I'm jan jayvee from pangasinan, philippines. I have four(4) female RES. I got them from the petshops in dagupan. One is unhealthy, I don't know why. Her eyes are always closed. She is about in 1.9 inches. Hope you can say what is her disease. Thank you

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  • Laura - 2010-05-25
    Eye disease in RES turtles can be from respiratory infection or vitamin deficiency. It's important to treat, because a blind turtle will probably not eat. Can you bring her to a vet? If not, try keeping her dry, under a heating light (80-85 degrees F) separate from her tankmates. Just put her in an inch of warm water once or twice a day to eat and poop, and not having to compete with her healthier friends. You can also try putting Vit A drops on her food or even in her eyes. One of my two baby turtles had this months ago and seemed close to death, but a vet disgnosed a resp. infection, and after antibiotic shots he was fine and is now the dominant turtle in the tank!
  • James - 2010-06-13
    Hi jayvee,
    Although I can't tell you what disease she has I can tell you one of mine had the same thing. I express the word HAD very greatly. She is now very healthy and well. All I did was provide the right filter(homemade), lighting, and heat and she became well. Suggest you raise the temperature in the water and the air. In a few weeks she should be all better.
  • motasm - 2010-08-06
    I have the same thing it's from cloromine in the normal water that's why.
  • \'\'cemaj\'\' - 2010-11-12
    She might have oddorenson.
  • Michael - 2011-03-21
    You need turtle eye drop, from pet store.
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Katy - 2010-07-09
My husband found a baby turtle when he was mowing the lawn. We are trying to identify it - I am pretty certain it is a painted turtle, but it could be a cooter. We already have an African Side-Necked Turtle purchased from a pet store. Can I put the baby turtle in with my bigger one?

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  • ali - 2011-01-27
    No you should not because the bigger turtle will pick on the smaller one that is what I got told by a pet store worker I was gonna put my african sideneck turtle in with a painted turtle and they said no the bigger one will pick on the littler one :)
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TAN JOON HOW - 2007-11-24
I've acquired a male chelus fimbriatus about 2 years ago & it's growing well ( approx. 8" carapace now ). I have no problems keeping him as he's quite a hardy turtle. He eats lots of small fish ( up to 4" ) and it never fails to amaze me everytime he eats with their signature "suction" killer style!
I hope to get a female and try breeding in the near future. To everyone out there keeping matamatas, please do share success stories on captive breeding. TQ!

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  • Don Masholie - 2011-01-19
    I have a male Matamata turtle. I have had him almost 3 years now. He loves to eat Bala Sharks. I have seen him devour 8 Bala Sharks in a matter of minutes. I take him to the vet regularly, he had a case of Hook worms, but after 2 worming treatments he was cured from the Hook Worms. I change his water 2-3 times a week.
Nicole - 2010-11-30
Can you put more information? I need some for my science! It is very important that I get a good grade!

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  • Ralph - 2011-01-03
    They like pickles.

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