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christine - 2009-01-02
I just bought feeder fish as a Christmas present for my 4-year-old RES, Emy. This was her first experience with feeder fish, but she knew EXACTLY what they were for. I presented her with four fish. Three of them went within about the first two hours, but she and the fourth minnow, Henry I named him, have called it a draw and are now coexisting peacefully. It's the strangest thing I have ever seen! Apparently, Emy is not the only RES to coexist with fish. A bit of advice though, if you are going to leave feeders in the tank, quarantine and treat them before introducing them to the turtle's environment permanently, as they carry parasites, bacterium, etc...

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smilley - 2008-12-29
Males and females can be determined by the belly of their shell. Males have a slight indent to help keep their balance during breeding.

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Gingerbread (not my real name) - 2008-12-27
I got 2 baby red-ear slider turtles for christmas... :) I got a male and female... The male is very active, but also loves to sleep... The female has some kind of white thing covering her eyes and we thought it was blind or something but the shop keeper said it was just "muta"... I wish i could provide all the things for them like the light, tank, and stuff, but were kinda tight right now, and im still praying for that stuff... I really want my turtles to have the best time... I love them so much... after i read all these comments and stuff, gonna ask my parents, you know, future talk... well... I know Gods gonna give me this stuff for my "future" and present turtles... I had like, 3 dreams with turtles.. :) They are currently in a small "batsa" or basin inside our house... Luv them so much... I had 3 turtles before, one we found in the street that can climb cages and stuff, and ran away, the second one i bought as a partner but, she bleeds when they mate and stuff... and my dad put her in the "bahay kubo" and we cant find her now... the third one was a baby red-ear slider turtle that my sister "accidentally" put in a container with no water, and when i came home, my baby turtle was being eaten by ants... :(( i loved her so much... i cried for like, 2 hrs and was mad at my sis... Is anyone out there available for me to chat with them about turtles? Please... i need to chat about something besides school... just email me at chocoholicsweets723@yahoo.com and ill tell u my ym or msn... :)) Merry christmas!(if its still christmas when you read this)

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jay - 2008-12-27
I have a snapper we got in the Adirondack Mtns. in July 07. He (or she) has done well in captivity, however, we would like to release it back to the wild next summer. and wonder what are the downfalls of doing that. The nest he was in was being ransacked by raccoons and we saved this baby. I don't want to do anything detrimental to the turtle.

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tim - 2008-12-19
My wife & I have had a male soft shelled turtle for a little over a year now (we named him Mike). When we first found him in the wild he was about twice the size of a quarter. I fed him lunch meat ham at first because I didn't have any of the other things suggested online. Ham is still one of his favorite foods today though. I feed him turtle food and turkey sometimes also.

I pick him up every night and talk to him before I feed him his ham on the end of a toothpick. He has gotten used to me and walks around in my hand, but it is still his instinct to hide and bury himself in the rocks a lot. He tends to roam around freely a lot more often when we are gone. We come home & see him out & about pretty often.

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Ernie - 2008-12-09
Hi. My Sister got a soft shell turtle, and we have it in a big tank. I was wondering, what type of sand does the turtle need? We haven't add to much water to the tank, its probably 7inches high, of water level. If I could get any info to this it will help, thnx....

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steph - 2008-12-08
I just got two RES from a friend yesterday. One is big and one is little. They are Squrt and Crush. He gave me the pellets and said to feed them those but reading all of the sites I learned what they really need! Crush looks like his skin is shedding and I read it might be because he isn't getting the right food, I have to get them stuff tomorrow. Right now Crush is trying to push Squirt off the basking rock, he's kinda mean.

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Blake - 2008-11-30
I have had a spiny soft shell for quite a few months now and I think he is probably one of the best turtles I've had (5 total). He is very friendly but will bite if he feels in danger. But left alone (as turtles should be) he is very active and loves to bask, more so when he was very small, but still comes out on the rocks every once in a while. He eats very well on crickets and live fish, when he can catch them, and loves to bury himself in the sand.

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tori schell - 2008-11-30
My name is tori. I orderd 2 baby red ear sliders, they are really cute. They are females and I don't know if you are allowed to hold them. I dont know so I don't, because I don't want to kill them.

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Abi Sufian - 2008-11-17
I have this turtle and he is 1 year and 11 month old. He is really cute and adorable. I gave his name, which is Mince, because first I thought he was female. I feed him fish, commercial turtle food, and sinking fish pellets.

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