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Mike - 2009-05-13
My name is Mike form Port Jervis N.Y. I have 2 RES named Cash Money, and Dollar. Cash Money is about 3 and growing like crazy. Dollar is 1 1/2 and has a lump on the side of his hesd below the eye. I assume it's an ear abscess and the info I gathered from this awesome website says to treat it with betadine then follow with silvadine. I pray it works...it looks painful. Poor little Dollar. Thanx 4 the info animal-world!

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Taryn - 2009-05-06
Mom just found a Florida box turtle in the road, so now we have a nice turtle to luv.

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  • Anna - 2010-04-30
    That's cool do you like your turtle? My dad found one while he was digging for weeds and it's soooo sweet and cute what do you feed your turtle:D- age 13
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Bianca - 2009-05-04
In loving memory of MoMo the painted turtle,
RIP 5-04-09. I found her on a nature trail by my house and took her home to be my red-eared slipper's girlfriend. We buried her under the magnolia tree out front and will always miss my pretty little turtle MoMo.

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Jason - 2009-05-01
Owning an ornate in Wisconsin is not illegal, selling them is.

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R.C.M.Tiongson - 2009-04-26
Greetings!
Mine is an alligator snapping turtle named tokka! I acquired it a year ago with a length of 11 cm. Now tokka is more than 19 cm., last I checked. I don't know if it's male or female, but I'm hoping for a male though, for the size! It eats one 11-12 cm frozen fish a day, usually at night.
I'd be making a pond for it sometime this year cause the 20 gallon it is in now is starting to get too small for it. I'm hoping to get another one and maybe breed them in the future.

question: how long does it take for the alligator snapper to not eat anything to make one worry...

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Ethan - 2009-04-11
Hi! My name is Ethan from LI [Long Island]. I have a 8in. long red eared slider turtle. I named it SHELLY. It is a female. Her old owner was my mom's friend's daughter. She got it when it was a hatchling from china town [the people in china town were going to make her into turtle soup]. Her old name was Ferragamo but I did not like that name so I changed it. She loves people. I feed her twice a day. She likes turkey slices, frozen blood worms, turtle sticks, tubex worms [a little], and for a treat I use cat food. Very soon I will start to feed her lettuce and maybe a few other veggies. She is in a 30 gal. tank with a basking lamp, 2 big peaces of slate rock for a land area, a rena smart heater, fluval 3 plus filter for 30gal. tanks and turtles are messy. So since the tank is half full with water, that would be good enough to clean the tank, but I also have a anubias plant, another kind of plant, a fake tree stump decoration, fake plant, fake turtle, tiny brown gravel, and small pieces of slate rocks. Like I said before, turtles are very messy animal's, so I have a seperate tank to feed her in [acually it is a empty cat litter box]. Soon I will get a 60gal. tank. I will also get another red eared slider and a few other kinds of turtles, like painted turtles and soft shelled turtles. Also I will get a large pleco fish and a chinese water dragon. I love red eared slider turtles and I can't believe that some people get rid of adult red eared slider's. I also can't believe people say red eared slider's aren't the best pet turtle's. But they do get big and they have special needs, but they have great personalities too.

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mark - 2009-04-01
I just noticed an earlier comment states "Their hard shells make them practically immune to injuries from falls, so if they freak out while being handled and get dropped, don't worry."

That is bad, and dangerous advice. A turtle's shell does provide some protection sure, but a LOT of internal damage can occur when a turtle is dropped. Imagine this example if you will. A mishandled turtle is dropped or allowed to fall from a counter. He lands on his shell on the hard floor. This internal organs still have momentum from the fall (Kinetic energy) and can tear or suffer damage as they now continue to move inside of him (imagine crashing your car into a tree without a seatbelt). The turtles insides are like passengers inside the car, not wearing seat-belts. Another example would be falling and hitting your head on the cement. While your skull may not crack, you can easily suffer a Concussion as your brain "bounces" around inside your skull.

I ask that the prior comment be removed, or at least edited to delete that one line. Turtles suffer from enough bad handling due to improper care advice as it is (death bowls for example).

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Andrea H. - 2009-03-26
My little brother found a snapping turtle out in Harford County where he lives but I don't know what kind it is. I took the turtle from him because he wasn't taking care of it and he's doing quite well. I think he's a little spoiled because he won't really catch any of the feeder fish on his own. So I really stick to feeding him earth worms because I hate catching the fish and dangling them in front of him so he can eat it. I don't plan on putting him back out in the wild when ge gets bigger but I do plan on giving him to the aquarium or something.

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bob - 2009-03-22
I caught one in tyler state park

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jop - 2009-03-17
I have 2 little turtles myself and the seem pretty smart! Does anyone know a few tricks i can try to learn them? all they do now is chase the whole aquarium after a dried shrip in my hand. But i think they are capable of much more but cant think of what to try and train them!

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