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Mike - 2007-11-03
I have had a spiny softshell turtle now for about, 3 months, he lives in a heated 45 gal tank with 3 other turtles. I have had no problems, and he is definatly fully grown, if anything the turtles are getting along great. It is definatly fun watching him catch fish, he bury himself under the sand/gravel with just his head out and "snap" the fish that swim right in front of him. Oh, and his name is Sargent Slips (due to his slippery shell.) As long as you don't keep the tank TOO crowded, they'll do just fine.

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Kelley - 2007-10-23
I just graduated from a 10 gallon tank to a 55 gallon mac-daddy turtle world. It's awesome. My one-year old turtle and his two 3-month-old buddies are loving it. They have a floating sunbathing rock. I keep guppies in the tank to breed a continual supply of live fish. They eat pellets and anachris. I read how easily they breed but I don't want them to breed. I wouldn't know what to do with that many babies.

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Byron - 2007-09-30
I got a turtle in march and he is just awesome. He is such a hyper little fella. I hope to own him for the rest of my life because they live for 20-70 years if cared for properly.

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Animal-World info on Ornate Wood Turtle
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Buslady - 2007-09-15
Most of this info is correct, except they do not hibernate; hatching is not as easy as they say. They go into diapause, a halt in development, and hatching could be 5-8 months. My oldest was 8 months. He's 10 months old now and growing fast. Never toss an egg no matter how long it's incubated unless you're 100% it's bad.
They are more aquatic than was most articles say. My group is kept in two Waterland tubs and often hang out in the water. They need water deep enough to cover their shell and substrate deep enough that they can dig and hide. Fake foliage will help them hide as well.

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Ann - 2007-08-19
My ex-husband was going to send our first turtle into a lake because the turtle became very aggressive, and my ex was questioning why. Well, after some research and talking to some reptile stores, my ex is actually the one to blame, he changed his habitat and put some turtles in with him. I told him that I would take him home with me. His name is Stretchy, so he is about 7 years old, I took all of my fish out of there home of a 55 gal, and gave it to Stretchy. I also, was lucky enough to find a female. I am not sure how old she is, but she is now at about 6 inches in shell. Haven't given here a name yet. She is much darker than Stretchy. This information on this site has really given some more pointers on the habitat they need to be in. I will be making it bigger for them and giving them some sand instead of rocks. I am very happy with them!!!

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Adrian - 2007-08-13
I recently found a western box turtle on a street in a development in Albuquerque about 1/2 mile from the Bosque of the Rio Grande. I made a pen outdoors facing east with shade. He is strong and feisty with a very good appetite. I feed him by hand sometimes and I do take care to keep my fingers well back from his beak. He has adjusted well so far. I thought about releasing him but dogs often run free in the Bosque and there are coyotes and skunks as well. If anyone has advice about hibernation outdoors of this type of turtle I would appreciate the input. It can get fairly cold here at night but when the sun is up it is fairly comfortable. Temperatures can dip to the teens. Maybe he should winter indoors.

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Ryan - 2007-08-05
hello, i live in washington state and i have a ornate box turtle named zoey. i got her a few years back along with 4 others. i was not educated very well on diseases and such things and when the others caught boot fly, i didn't know wat the heck to do. for 2 years i thought they were all dead until one summer i found her baskng in her out door pen. she is very hardy but eats almost nothing but meat(night crallers in particular)and occasionlly a blackberry or two. they are truly wonderful turtles, but make sure it has a large enough pen(28 sq feet minimum).

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Rae, age 14 - 2007-06-23
I bought two baby sliders from Chinatown yesterday, as I was in the market for a new pet, anyway. I named them Ickle and Pickle. ^_^ They both have soft-shell (malnutrition, I guess), so I'm kind of worried, and they don't seem to eat anything I give them. Maybe they're nervous. They're adorable, though. I think this is a nice alternative to that Borzoi puppy I've always wanted.

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jodi - 2007-06-18
We love our red ear slider, her name is Cleo. We got her when she was a baby and she has gotten pretty big. I buy ghost shrimp for her to eat, she loves to chase them and then eat them. Now that summer is here my girls and I go out and catch grasshoppers, crickets, and june bugs. I dont know what we will do when winter comes. Sometimes I think I pay more attention to her than our dogs, lol!

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WETFIRE - 2007-06-17
I have a red eared slider. His name is Jar-Jar. I've had him for 5 years and he has a 7 inch shell. I have a 25 gallon tank that has a ramp and he uses to go in and out as he pleases. He likes to run around the house. Since I started to let him out about a year ago. He has become very social. He will try to crawl up your leg, but he usually needs help. He likes to sit in my lap. It's so cool. He loves to eat feeder fish. (not goldfish) He also likes his pellets and insects too. I have had other turtles before, but sliders seem to be more fun. Great Pet!!

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