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Dianne - 2008-06-27
We live in Vilas County, Wisconsin. Imagine our surprise when we saw baby painters coming out of the ground in the Spring while there were still snowpiles around. Wondering why we saw these babies in the Spring, I looked at your web page and found that they hibernate in the northern climates. We really enjoyed watching them for two days. I even took three down to the pond which is East of our house. Thanks for the info.

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john - 2008-06-11
Hello. I live in Kansas where ornate box turtles and sliders run wild. Four years ago I found an ornate box turtle. I made a nice large outdoor pen for him and feed him mulberries and grasshoppers. Ever since he has been a great pet. He hibernates by himself in the winter in the outdoor pen and comes up early every April. (To Adrian, it would be best to loosen up some soil by its hideout and let it hibernate by itself.) Recently, I found a mate for him about his size. They mate together. If anyone has advice about breeding this type of turtle in its natural habitat, or if it's a good or bad idea to do this, please post something to let me know.

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Anonymous - 2008-06-02
I have a common snapper named Frank. No clue how old he is, he was hit by a car and my friend and his mom raised him back to health. He's probably about 6 inches long from the front of his shell to the back. But he's a great pet. Never vicious with me, never even attempted to bite me. And, mine actually likes being handled. He will stand on his hind legs whenever I enter the room to show me it's time for him to come out of his tank. Great pets, though.

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Juda Ben-Hur - 2008-05-26
Ringed map turtles are an endangered species - so I think it is not a PET!

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trey - 2008-03-31
I love red eared sliders. I've had, in my whole life, 12 of them. They are so sweet, they will not bite. I live by a swamp and turtles lay eggs in my yard, in fact I found one today. His name is rubix. I love gary and my 4 others; explodey, carlos, betsy, and spikeo.

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eradika - 2008-03-23
We've had our turtle, Cindy for four years and she's great! She is very playful and follows me everytime I go by her tank! I LOVE MY CINDY and I know she does too!

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Lee Safran - 2008-03-20
My daughter and I acquired 2 sliders - one in 2001 and the other in 2002 - and they are thriving. The younger one - Chip - has almost outgrown Ginger and they are about the same size. Ginger is a mellow turtle who greets you when you open the tank and reaches out to you for feeding. Chip on the other hand is a "scardy cat" because he came from an overcrowded turtle environment and trusts no one and tries to bite if he feels threatened. Nonetheless, they both love listening to any kind of music and stop dead in their tracks to "listen in". They love basking in the sun. We have them in a turtle tank in 2 - 3 inches of water. They have 2 seashells they go under when they want to be "cozy". We keep them under a window so they can get some sun. They eat "cold cuts", shrimp treats, insect pellets (in the summer only when they seem to be at peak hunger time) and are basically carnivores even now. I've never seen them eat any plant matter in the tank. They are simply adorable. The tank is a pain to clean, but my daughter is getting used to it! We love our "babies" and I have a picture on my desk of Ginger when she was reaching out for food.

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Holly Costello - 2008-03-13
I purchased a side neck turtle about six months ago, Nitro is her name! I must say, she is the best pet for someone who travels and she is so docile. I feed her by hand and she often falls asleep on me while watching TV. I have handled her a lot and not one time has she ever snapped or acted aggressively in any way. She just wants her neck scratched all the time. As a matter of fact, I put some small fish in her tank to supplement her diet and now they are her buddies.

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amy 3/1/08 - 2008-03-01
We have had our turtle for 6 years. I have 3 kids and they love him. He is a great pet for them. He is very playful in and out of the tank and he has taught my kids great responsibility in a fun way! :-] Squrtle has brought much joy to our house!

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Kelsy - 2008-02-11
I got my male and female baby RESs 7 months ago, and I love them. Curious is right! I have them on my dresser, and they always come to the front of the tank. If I'm walking by their tank, they usually follow me. They are great pets. They also seem to enjoy it when I'm playing my guitar or radio loudly. I love Stretch and Tuck!

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