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Patrick Connerney - 2009-08-03
I just rescued a RES turtle from a parking lot!

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erica - 2009-07-29
Hello , My name is Erica . My husband and I got our Spiny softshell turtle while canoeing in a river near our home. He is about the size of the top of a soda can. We named him Noodle. We bought him a tank and he is right at home in it. We took home some flat river rocks from the steam and made him a neat basking area. He even has an area for hanging out in the sand. I took a lot of sand from my nieces sandbox and Noodle loves to relax in it. He has a nice swimming area too. my husband is very good at things like that, because Noodle is very happy with his job fixing up the tank. Since the river is near my house I catch noodle crawfish and minnows for him to eat, he now comes up to my hand when I put it in his tank. He knows when it's time to eat and he knows when I'm near because he will stretch out his long neck and watch me from across the room. He is an AWESOME PET.

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Keith - 2009-07-23
The Ornate Box Turtle has now been listed by the State of Illinois as a "threatened" species. Regulations under the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Act will become effective sometime in Fall 2009. For Illinois residents, establishing documentation of possession prior to the effective date of the new regulations may be wise. For clarification of requirements or restrictions pertaining to possession or trade of captive-bred specimens, contact the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board.

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val - 2009-07-20
Grumpy is between 15 and 20 years old now and still loves her hamburger treats. She also loves strawberries and watermelon. She eats almost any vegetable you give her but hates pinapple. She has 3 other turtle friends that have been around almost as long as she has. Her name is Grumpy because she always likes to play bite at me when I pick her up to talk with her and clean her home. Just thought you might like to know about a much older turtle than I have seen here so far, she is still growing and still shedding her shell too. Have fun with your turtles and be prepared to have them as your pets for a very long time.

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chevy gilliam - 2009-07-15
Hi my name is Chevy. I just got a spiney soft shell yesterday. My parents were fishing and a guy next to them reeled in this big turtle. So, knowing that I love all kinds of reptiles, they brought it home. My mom had texted me and told me they were, so I looked at my brother and said, "If it's a softshell I'm keeping it". Surely enough it was. It is a female and is about 12 inches long. She's very beautiful and I'm looking forward to having her for a long time.:)
-Chevy (like the truck)

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paul - 2009-07-10
I found my first spiny soft shell turtle on the shores of Lake Michigan over the 4th of July, it was only 2.5-inches and was resting at the water's edge. I've been combing these beaches near Benton Harbor for 50 years and this was a first. We showed the kids and then let it swim away, where it quickly buried itself into the sand underwater. I'm guessing it came out from the St. Joe River. It will likely be a challenge surviving in the big lake.

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Travis - 2009-07-09
I have a Softshell Spiney turtle, in Wisconsin. Beautiful turtle, my kids love him, and he's a great display! He LOVES to show off lol, he back paddles when eating, it's really entertaining! I couldn't imagine not having him, have had him for two years now. His Favorite foods are Wardley pellets and Angelfish, as well as... Shrimp, lol.

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Jason - 2009-06-17
Hi, my name is jason. I have RES and they get along. The strange thing is they watch tv, like anime, whenever I turn on the tv.

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Joanne - 2009-06-16
My son just caught a soft-shell in the act of laying her eggs in a hole she dug in our hot, sandy, dry driveway in St. Augustine, FL. We live in a low-lying area and with all of the recent rain, the nearby ponds & ditches are full. I guess she was laying her eggs where they would be high, dry and warm. I'll have to go onto the community forum to see if anyone knows how long the encubation period is. I've got pictures of her, the nest, and the eggs. My son said that when she was done, you couldn't even tell where the nest was.

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Jonas - 2009-06-13
Hello, I am Jonas. I too have a red eared slider, and two yellow bellied turtles. I am also convinced that my RES loves music, because when the radio is on, he starts dancing!

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