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Deanna - 2013-05-01
Hi I just want to know what pests are relating to the pig-nosed turtle in captive?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-02
    These guys usually do okay if they have a good environment and its kept clean, and they are properly fed. They are shy and so can get stressed, which makes them not come out to eat and then prone to disease. Bacterial diseases like shell rot, shell disease, sores, and white spots are common problems with most turtles. As far as 'pests' there are some parasites that are known to affect the Pig Noseed Turtles in the wild that include three species of flatworms. Two of these are Doodytrema carettochelydis and Paradeuterobaris novaguieae.



    Its good to have some anti-fungal medication on hand, Pimafix is a good general one that has anibacterial and antifungal properties. If they get a parasite in captivity, you have to medicate them very carefully, and would want to take them to a vet for diagnosis. One medication called 'Flagyl' is said to be good to treat pig nose turtles for parasites and bacteria.
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kelly - 2013-01-19
my turtle will not eat.I never seen him eat at pet smart either. What should i do if anyone can give me feed back please do.(P.S i had my turtle for 2 or 3 months too.)(and we tried to put him into another place to see nope not working)

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-19
    What have you tried so far?  Is the water warm enough.  Turtles will slow down eating if the water is not warm enough.
  • EPotter - 2013-02-03
    During a monthly cleaning, I had set the UV lamp out of sight and forgot to place it back over the tank. My sliders, 3 years old, would not eat for weeks. Got the lamp set up and they quickly resumed eating. If you have the right climate, your RES might prefer outdoors with one or two hours of direct sun now and then (be prepared for clever escape attempts, hungry cats, etc).
  • Consuelo - 2013-03-15
    I receive a turtle 3 weeks ago, anthe first two weeks, but he or she (I dont know) didnt eat for the first two weeks, bur now the weather is warmer and then she started to eat. Her previous owner told me thet in winter time turtles dón't eat to much
  • Jacob Haynes - 2013-04-22
    time to call the vet
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hroiz - 2012-12-29
When I was 10 years old, my mom got me a red-eared slider. I never bought a filter or heater for her because I did not know they needed that. I am now 13 and have had her for a few years and she has survived just fine. She does seem to dig on the bottom of the tub a lot but I think that's normal behavior. Anyways, I was wondering if I should get her a heater and filter now? I have been told they do not like change, so I'm not sure what to do.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-29
    Adding a filter makes it much easier to care for the turtle.   Many turtles are kept without heatebut for the best living situation the water should be at least 75 degrees.  Adding these things should not stress it out at all.  When adding heater raise temperature very slowly maybe 2 degrees every few days.
  • hroiz - 2012-12-30
    I also do not have a basking spot for my turtle. I do have an area where she can get out of the water but it is not heated. I do put her out in the sun every day or every other day. Would a heated basking spot be necessary?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-30
    Yes definately needs a basking spot.
  • Jacob Haynes - 2013-04-22
    my vet always told me that 20mins a day 3 days my turtle would get more uvb then they would in a week from s bulb
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Bo - 2011-09-11
I’m looking to buy a turtle also. I bought a tank that I think is 20-gallons. Is it okay to keep one red-eared slider in there, even when it is an adult? Please help, I want a turtle really badly!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-09-12
    My adult sliders are a good 10-12 inches across. I would say a 20 gallon aquarium would be way too small for them. But juveniles though, being 4" across, they could probably be kept in there for quite awhile. I keep mine in our outdoor pond and they love it. They are about 14 years old.
  • Jacob Haynes - 2013-04-22
    i have a 20 gallon long i have spent over 300.00 on my little guy i am planning on keeping trooper in this tank for a while.you have to realize that the internet is nothing but opoins so use your best judge meant. the only thing i have to say is this just make sue you take him/her to the vet once a year. provide lighting and heat you should do great. when i was a boy around 10 or so we keep one turtle in a 10 gallon tank and he lived for years. yes he stayed small but there was no harm done. now i wander how many people are going to say i am cruel
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Katie Sharkey - 2013-04-13
I have an African Sideneck Turtle and she is acting like she can't swim and is going to drown? She only seems happy when I have her in a blanket. She is eating though. HELP! :)

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    First look at her environment, make sure she has an adequate basking area and the right lighting/heating. If all that is proper, then she may have an internal parasite or other problem and you may want to take her to a veterinarian.
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TurtleBloop - 2013-02-26
i have a female ASNT *CRUSH* who is very active, she rather me hand feed her though must watch my fingers, she doesn't eat green colored sticks, but will eat the red ones. She loves bananas, Anacharis plant, i have her housed in a 30 gal breeding tanking with my male YBS *SQUIRT* they get along well. she can be aggressive but with bigger size tank less of it. she an amazing active turtle who loves to beg me. My turtles become more active when i at tank over anyone else. Overall i love my turtles very much

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Linda M - 2012-10-07
My daughter has a class pet, an ornate box turtle named Hulk. They feed him dog food and he will not eat anything else. Do you have any suggestions?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-07
    Western box turtles are omnivores and feed on a huge variety of food in the wild. In captivity, they are especially fond of live food such as earthworms, superworms, redworms, wax worms, crickets, pink mice, and even goldfish.

    In addition to this large variety of live foods, you can offer chopped fruits and vegetables. Finely grated dark green veggies such as lettuces and kale, and fruits such as melons, berries, cantaloupe, are also accepted (though not eagerly) once or twice a week.

    They will eat MAZURI® Tortoise Diet and high-quality canned cat food (beef, chicken, turkey, etc.), but this should only be a small part of their overall diet. Many keepers choose not to feed cat food as it is high in fat and protein which can lead to obesity and shell deformities.

     
  • Priscilla Lane - 2013-02-19
    He will eat something else if they try feeding him something palatable. Dog food is very bad for him. Start with red foods like tomato and berry, turtles find red foods attractive. Ornates are very carnivorous, especially when young, so try food that moves, like nightcrawlers and crockets.
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Henry Ching - 2013-02-04
Hi, my 5 year old pignose turtle recently developed brownish growths around the back of his neck and around the areas of the plastron. He is kept in a 90 gallon tank with parrot fish and tinfoil barbs in a community setting. Also present are 2 malayan box turtles. No aggression between them are seen. Any comments on what those growths are? And any recommended treatments? Thanks.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-02-06
    Not sure what's up with those growths, your best bet would be to take it to a veterinarian so you know what your are dealing with. In general, sometimes skin problems can show up as small bumps, though often more whitish. A couple of aids to help with that are to add salt to the enclosure, about 2 ounces of sea salt for every 20 gallons. Also making sure the substrate is soft helps to prevent skin problems, such as a play sand and a crushed coral mix. Aragonite can also be used. Good luck!
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Chelle - 2008-03-01
My 2 month old RES lives in a 40 gallon long aquarium. He has a basking light, uvb light, a ramp for basking, a water heater and powerful filter (200 gallons per hour). He lives with 3 rosey red minnows and 6 zebra danios. I made the mistake of feeding him dried shrimp treats and then he wouldn't eat anything else. I have some advice on what to do if this happens to anyone else: Buy baby turtle floating food sticks, grind them down to a powder, add a little calcim/vitamin powder and a drop of water. Add a tiny bit of the dried shrimp (for the smell) and mix into a paste like texture. Then I put a dab of the mixture on the tip of my finger and hold it just above the water so he can reach up and get it. This is working great and he is thriving. I also have a small piece of cuttlebone floating in the water and have ordered water lettuce and water hyacinth. I haven't seen him bite the cuttlebone yet. He does try to bite the fake plants, this is why I ordered the edible water plants. I hope this info might help someone else out there with a picky eater like mine.

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sharon - 2013-01-18
I was just given a 75gal tank with 4 turtles. Two are 7 to 8 in and the other two are 5 or 6 in. I have done my research and have learned a lot! I am wanting to feed them in a different containers to keep their tank a little cleaner but when I put them in the new container only one will eat! The others just swim around and try to figure out how to get out! I want to take the best care of them all but one will come to the top of the water when I'm close so it's not that they are freaking out about me! Any help would be awesome! Thanks for your time!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-18
    How long have you had them? I'm thinking that maybe since you only just got them they may need a little more time to acclimate to their new environment. You might want to try feeding them in their tank and see if they will eat there. If not, just keep trying for a few days to see if you can get them to eat. Once they are eating in their tank you could try having them eat in the other containers again. Too much change all at once might just be stressful for them.
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