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Kinzie - 2010-04-26
I am adopting a couple turtles from a friend due to her moving. She has no where else to put them and I have experience with reptiles, just not really turtles. We have a 55 gallon....can I just fill it with hose water? How warm does the water need to be? How well does it need to be filtered? The water is WELL water, so is that a problem? I appreciate any insight, these little guys deserve the perfect home!

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  • jacob - 2010-05-03
    Hello, first of all turtles are super easy to take care of. The only requirements is that they have a place to get out and be dry and warm, 70 degrees is a good temp, they can be in colder but they will be more active with med warm temp. Well water should be fine, turtles aren't sensitive like fish are, they could live in mucky still water. However you can get a chlorine reducer additive for the water if you want. Since turtles can leave dirty messes I found that clams from freshwater rivers clean the heck out of the bottom of your tank and eventually a tasty meal for the turtle.
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fox - 2010-04-19
We just found a florida box turtle in HOUSTON TEXAS!

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maddy - 2010-04-18
What do they play with?

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maddy - 2010-04-18
I have one also.

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maddy - 2010-04-18
I have one of these too.

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Alexandra Turnbull - 2010-04-17
Hi! About a week ago I came across six baby/hatchling painted turtles. I have set up a 10 gallon tank (it's all I can afford right now) with lights, rocks and a basking platform. I clean out the tank everyday and feed them once a day of juvenile turtle pellets and cut up meal worms. They all seem to be doing fine so far, but they are very timid and seem to be aggressive towards each other. At times two will face each other and one with tuck its head in and start to shiver its front legs. I was curious why they are doing this and if I can somehow make them happier little guys.

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  • Mark Conti - 2010-05-06
    That sounds like the mating ritual! Do some research on them!
  • Dav3 - 2010-05-15
    This is not aggression, It is a mating ritual that all turtles do. The male will do it to males and females, and my female Gary (etta), so named after a certain sea sponges pet snail, will do that to her own reflection in her tank.
  • kendra - 2010-05-17
    Hi waz up?
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jared - 2010-04-07
Hi I have three baby turtles I wanted to know how do I tell male from female and how deep they need the water?

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-04-09
    You may have to wait until they are older and larger before being able to determine the gender of your turtles. However once they are adults, males do tend to be larger than females. Males tend to have their vent openings further from their bottom shells than females, and also have long, tapered tails.
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Lucy - 2010-04-01
How do I figue the age of the turtle out?

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NICK - 2010-03-26
Hello. I was playing golf around ridley creek in pa. I observed the canadian geese sitting on the embankments chatting and eating differently. I walked over and to my surprise here were baby painters trying to make it to the creek but not many were making it. I scooted the geese and brought three baby turtles home this was 1991 now they have 150gal tank with areas for lying in shallow water with a platform that leads to an earth area ; to our surprise we had baby turtles hatch. Turtles are the sweetest animals. Thank you for info it has helped in their happiness.

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Matt - 2010-03-19
I just found a female RES trying to wander across a busy surface street. I pulled my truck over and put her on the closest lawn but she tried to cross the street again so I picked her up and took her to the animal shelter. They told me that she was probably trying to find a watery spot to lay eggs. I'm really glad I took her there immediately because I didn't even know that she was a water turtle and I could have killed her out of ignorance had I tried to care for her myself. At the shelter they have a decent aquarium setup for her to stay in and I hope the owner looks for her. I'm just glad I could help and it was an interesting learning experience.

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