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Christian - 2007-11-22
My red eared slider is just a baby. I got it yesterday and it rocks, it's just extremely shy.

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val - 2007-11-22
I've always been a big fan of the Red-Eared Slider and have had mine for six months. I didn't know what they were called or their living status, but the website help me out a lot!

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Steven Goldhar - 2007-11-20
In contrast to what was said earlier, our Ornate Wood Turtle does hibernate. I did not know this when we bought him however in his second year he began to often try and climb up on the tank walls when we were near. After watching this go on for months I decided to put him down outside the cage. He would find a secluded spot and just stay there in his shell. After a few days, not understanding the behaviour I would bring him back into his tank only to see him repeat the action of trying to get out again within a day or two. After deciding to go online to look for some answers I read about their hibernation. I then took "Munchie" out of his tank and put him down near the area we had prepared for him according to the guide I found online. Munchie hybernated the first year for six months!! If it wasn't for signs that we knew he'd come out for some water we would surely have thought that he was dead. Sure enough, when he was ready, he appeared right in front of his tank waiting for us to put him back. His second year of hibernation lasted 4 months. He never crawled up the walls again or showed any obvious signs as he did the first time. Now I follow the guide which said that leading up to the fall season hibernation he will eat greater amounts of food then slow down or stop when ready to hibernate. This year, being his third hibernation season, I took him out and placed him near his spot about a month ago however he made his way back to the tank later that day, obviously not ready for his long sleep. This time seems to be working for him. Wow! What a learning curve! I can only imagine what he'd say to me if he could talk. He'd probably say "It's about time you let me sleep! I've been trying to tell this for two years!".

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Mike Taylor - 2007-11-17
One time on a fishing trip this past summer here in Indy, Indiana... I noticed that there were bubbles coming from the edge of the waters near where we were fishing! I thought it was maybe crayfish, or even SNAKES! But as the trip was coming toward an end and i just happened to be walking near a "bed stream" of lower water flowing from a overhead fountain, I dared to take a look. I was actually looking to see if i could catch or find the smaller baby fish basking there, but instead i found two Soft Shells! The first one sped away due to detecting me ahead of time, while the other played "shellshocked". I quickly pressed down on its shell and scooped it up. It was an amazing find because It was what just happened to be making those bubbles! Despite the site saying they only are found like in the Cali area or so, and another site has quoted that they are native to the Maryland like area... Well its mid fall and the creature is doing quite well. It acts just like a pet even though it took it a while to overcome its shyness. The enclosure is a 45g long tank which also houses a toad, tree frog, 6-8 crawfish, guppies, 2 mini-crabs, and 2 bahamian anoles. The turtle gladly accepts pellets, crab & fish foods, and crickets. It knows when it's feeding time and will come to your hand. Sadly, the turtle does and will eat your fish! I wanted to go "sub-tropical", but i intend to stick with the feeder guppies. (Crawfish will eat your fish too!... Unbelievable when i caught them trapping and eating my guppies too!)

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brandon - 2007-11-08
I just got my red eared slider yesterday and his already the best thing that ever happened to me. his names peaubs. ps: this site helps alot

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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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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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