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green - 2009-11-16
I purchased a Spiny soft shell in FLA while on vacation in August. It was the most unique turtle I have ever seen. We named it Nessie since when its neck is extended it looked like the Lock Ness Monster. He/She (not sure of the sex) was doing wonderful and adapting to its new home w/ the other 2 turtles we have. Just yesterday (11/15) it became sort of odd acting, laying on the perch under the light and not eating. When it was in the water it would just float, not active at all (like normal). When I got up this AM Nessie had died during the night. I am not sure what happened but I am really bummed about it. The other 2 turtles are doing just fine. Poor Nessie, he/she will be greatly missed :(

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  • michele - 2010-10-13
    I have a softshell turtle too it was found in our pond it is not moving around and it will not eat we are scared that he might die!
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AnitaR. - 2010-08-11
I liked this site and found it very helpful. I have a side neck turtle handed down from a family member, we think she is about 15+ years old. We thought she was a male, Max, but today I was very surprised to find 3 eggs in her pond! Unfortunately they are not fertile since we do not have a male. I am going to look into getting her one though. I just put her in a large fiberglass tub(round) and put plants and rocks in there, I have some tank heaters in there to keep the temp. at 70 degrees, sometimes higher. She has some goldfish too. I have been trying to get info on her so that I can get her habitat as close to her natural environment as I can. I guess I succeeded since she laid eggs and we have had her for 5 years and no eggs in the past. Maybe she has just reached her maturity, I really don't know, I will be coming back to this sight for any other info. I can get. Thank you for your research and time investigating/studying of the African sideneck Turtle!

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  • Christine - 2010-08-28
    I have an african sideneck turtle I have had her for 1 year. I finally decided to mate hero. Do you know how long it takes for them to have eggs?
  • Wendy - 2010-10-11
    I also have an African side Neck that I received as a pet from a friend. We also thought she was a He.. Named Toney.. After about 3 years, she too laid eggs. I talked to a local reptile shop near home and they said that once they start to lay eggs, they will lay them annually. She first laid her eggs back in Feb. 2009, and now again, Oct. 2010. I would like to get her a male too, but not sure how to go about finding one. I also don't think I have a home large enough to accommodate a larger tank...
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kevin - 2010-10-11
I just got a pig nose turtle! Behind my house, I am not sure whether it's a male or a female, it's about 10 cm. Want to know whether is it a full grown one or is it still a baby. And how do I make out the difference between the sex and how do I take care of it?

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keeba robinson - 2010-10-04
I just recently purchased a red eared slider and it's been three days and it still hasn't eaten should I be worried?

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Price Smith - 2010-01-31
My son gave my wife a spiny soft-shelled turtle a year and a half ago it has been doing great, but recently we noticed that the back half of the shell started to curl up is this normal? Some back ground on the turtle. When she recieved the turtle it was about 1.5in. in diameter it is now about 5in. long 4.5in.wide.

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  • turtlelover3000 - 2010-02-17
    I have the same problem! I've been googling it but have found no info. it is curling up on my baby painted turtle. He has recently stopped eating also. WHAT SHOULD I DO!?! Any suggestions? Is it a sign of MBD? he/she has a uvb light that is changed periodically, and calcium and vitamin D used to be given and accepted regulary using all sorts of methods. Please help, I love him!
  • stevep - 2010-03-29
    We had a similar problem. Likely it is insufficient calcium. Get a calcium supplement and it should resolve-- though the "spoiler" may not go away.
  • Jason - 2010-09-30
    Hi,
    I too have a Softshell turtle, he is a Texas Spiny to be exact. I have heard of your problem and it seems to be associated with MBD, which is metabolic bone disease. It's caused from not having a UVB lamp for your turtle to bask under. These turtle, just like most other reptiles, need UVB to metabolize calcium. You should make sure you have one of these lamps for your turtle and supplement him/her with calcium. I would not recommend calcium with d3 because unless you get a vet’s input on the amount needed as you can over dose your pet and cause further harm. So make sure you have a UVB lamp and a broad spectrum of food, ie; krill, crayfish, live fish and so on. As for the curling of the shell it maybe to late to reverse the effects, but you can make sure your turtle stays healthy with the tips I provided. I have had my softshell for about 2 years and its grow to about 8 inches of turtle with attitude, but they make for a very interesting pet. Hope this helps!
  • corie - 2010-10-03
    I'm not sure but it sounds like it needs some vitamin supplements. If possible depending on the temperature in your area letting it get some natural sunlight should help also if this is the case (Of course make sure it can get to a cool area if it gets too warm).
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Tyshawn - 2009-07-16
This guy gave me two turtles a soft shell and a map turtle because my snapper and painted turtle got stolen. I was just wondering is it ok to keep them both in a bucket? Also, I forgot to mention that they are both babys. :D

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  • Mike - 2010-05-09
    I got baby snapper and baby softshell in same tank for few months and they do good together.
  • Anonymous - 2010-07-05
    Not at all?
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Mary - 2010-10-02
My science class caught an eastern Spiny Soft-shell turtle in a river when we were testing the water. So for a grade we had to write a manual on how to take of Sheldon Louis and this web cite helped me SO much. Thanks guys.

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lionel - 2009-11-23
I have a pet snapping turtle named killa. I'm from Louisiana but I moved to Georgia because of hurricane katrina. I know it's a snapping turtle but I can't tell the difference. I have a baby snapping turtle that I caught in Covington. Georgia. I don't know if it's a Florida snapping turtle or common snapping turtle. I looked on the internet and everything. I looked on chyldra serprintina.com and everything but there is not enough information there.

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  • lori - 2010-10-01
    I have had 2 baby snappers 4 2 weeks and I have run in to a snag I possibly fed them the wrong food ie raw mince and 1 is having buoyancy problems? Any help out there 4 me?
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sarah - 2010-05-21
Hi I have a baby paint turtle named murtle all he does is eat.

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  • Anonymous - 2010-09-22
    Good for you sarah.
  • cesca - 2010-09-28
    Be careful I have a three year old turtle. He eats a lot but they could eat themselves to death they save the food, so don't feed him as much. Yea I learned that the hard way.
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Bea - 2009-11-19
My son received Franklin as a gift for his 4th birthday. I never had a turtle and had no idea how to care for it. He was about the size of a quarter and lived in a small tank with about an inch of water,some gravel and a desk lamp. The poor thing lived in there for 3 years until my cousin told me he needs more space and water. We bought him a 10 gallon tank and filled most of it with water. He also got a dock and is fed live fish. I couldn't believe how happy he looked in the new tank! In a few months he grew 10x his original size. I felt so bad that we were not prepared to care for this gift. Although we didn't care for him properly for the first years of his life, I'm so glad he made it and is healthy. Based off the information we have read he is an adult and can be bred. He has very long front claws. I've noticed a few missing and growing back. Thank you for all the information.

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  • Anne Sugi - 2010-09-21
    Yes, good for you. Long front claws is a male. I have 3 turtles and 3 turtles are in the same tank and they are female. I have one male turtle with long claws in a separate tank. You can set up a 60 gallon tank with a 204 fluval filter system, a place to him to bask (a large dock sold in pet stores). Fill up the tank up to the dock. YOu will need a repti-sun lamp (UVB light) for his shell to be healthy and a submersible heater set at 75 degrees. He will live for a very long time. Oh, give him turtle pellets and romaine lettuce so that he gets protein and also vegetables to retain his feeding balance. Do not feed live fish, or shrimp if your turtle gets older because it is really bad for him. Just pellets, crush egg shells for calcium and vegetables.
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