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Helen - 2013-12-02
Hi, I have a year and a half babe snapper, the problem is curling shell- she was fine during the summer using all 4 legs, had her in a small baby pool with a little water, put in some grass for her to swim bask in for about an hour a day. A month later in Aug, she stopped using her back legs to walk- they can move she won't use them- shell looks funny? I keep her tank clean, have a molded swim pod/ bask thing in her tank, she is eating the pellets? DO not know of a vet in the area who can treat her. Can I treat her, fix the shell, and make her use her legs again? She is not aggressive at all. Reason I have her- found her as a hachling in our pool, weeks before that we found her mom on the back lawn- we took the mom down the road + put her in the creek? Do not know how she got on our lawn as it is far away from the creek. SO I have this little turtle now for a year, she found me!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    When the shell 'curls' at the edges, you need to check your Snapping Turtle's diet and its lighting/basking spot.

    Turtles have a special need for certain nutrients and it could very well be it is not be getting enough vitamin A, vitamin D3, and calcium. Most commercial pelleted turtle and fish foods are fortified with vitamins and minerals. Powdered or liquid vitamin and mineral supplements (available at pet and feed stores) can be mixed in food once or twice per week.

    It also needs access to a warm, dry basking spot. Put a 40 to 60 watt incandescent light over the basking area to create a 'hot spot' of about 80-85°F. Particularly in winter, a 'full-spectrum' fluorescent light is helpful. This can be a shoplight fixture with an UVB-emitting bulbs or bulbs such as Verilux®, Reptisun®, and Vita-lite®, usually available at a pet store.
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john - 2012-06-11
Where can I get one of these guys?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-11
    You really can't.  I is illegal to bring them into the United states from South America.  Some folks do try but they are not available in the pet market.
  • Shawn Handley Jr. - 2012-07-23
    you can sometimes get them at reptile expos
  • Mata mata - 2013-10-31
    Email if interested.. Ramos271@msn.com
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Wendy - 2013-10-12
I just recently bought a young painted wood turtle. My only other experience has been with a russian tortoise, so I am learning the differences between the 2! 'Ribbons' has been shy, although I spend time with her hoping to warm her up to me, but she's not really eating. Twice now I've gotten her to eat part of a grape. Actually thinking about going to the store and buying her some small fishing worms. Think that'll help? I built her a 30'x60' table, and I have coconut fiber substrate and hay for her to dig in, and I am wanting to add some plants. Anyway, this past month has been a learning experience, I just hope she starts eating better. I do provide fresh dandelion, spring mix, turtle treats, and dry tortoise formula. And a large water dish. Missing anything?

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TurtleHedgehog - 2013-04-21
We recently bought a turtle from a pet store -- noticed she had a R/I after 4 days, so we took her bought so the pet store so they could pay for all her vet bills which they did. She was at the vet for over a month and the vet also stated she had a Vitamin D problem (when she was returned her skin was peeling). It has been about a month and she is a full grown female African Sideneck. We decided to add more water to her tank b/c she shares it with a RES, but now it looks like she doesn't know how to swim. We added lots of river rocks for her to crawl up on, but appears to have difficulty swimming or floating up for air unlike our RES, who seems to be doing fine. Water temp is 78 degrees (they have a water heater to maintain temperature plus we have an external thermometer for the tank to check daily). Basking Area is about 93 -95 degrees for daytime and about 78 - 80 for nighttime. Please Help! I don't want to have to take her back to a vet after she just went to one so recently. She seems to be scared of us currently, which she wasn't before we took her to the vet.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-04-22
    Is it being picked on by the other turtle?  Is it in an heavy traffic area of the house.  May tak a while for the turtle to come around.  How is it eating?
  • TurtleHedgehog - 2013-04-29
    She is in a low to medium traffic area of our household. She is eating fine but doesn't like to eat the food that floats and refuses to eat in a separate container. It actually makes her more stress it seems. The other turtle is actually following her lead. Before my RES was fine w/ basking w/ us watching her or passing her. And she was fine eating from tongs, but now she isn't like that. I imagine whatever they did at the vet made her really scared of any humans. My Sideneck does bask but only when it's nighttime.
  • Jennifer Lynne Marques - 2013-10-06
    It sounds like what we just went through with ours. I took him to a reptilian vet, who took x-rays. We found out he had the beginning stages of pneumonia. He is on .2ml of Batrol for 10 days. We also had his stool checked and found he had worms and tons of protozoans. He has also been on strongid for the worms. Good luck. It has been a long, expensive, tedious process. He is about 12 and it doing much better now. He is on the second does of batrol. Please note it has to be injected, intramuscually, not swallowed. It also has to be given everyday in opposite legs.
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Tony D - 2010-01-16
Yes, you are right. Softshells are a difficult species and fare poor in captivity. I want to get a smooth softshell for my birthday, and right now I'm doing plenty of research. I bet the smooth and spiny softshells both have relatively similar care requirements. Great website you guys have. Keep up the good work. It will really help me.

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  • Justin Thorpe - 2013-08-25
    How often should they be fed pellets? And how many pellets?
  • john - 2013-09-19
    I caught one while fishing a few days ago it was about ten inches around a friend told me they were an endangered species and illegal to have in captivity, don't know if it is true. I caught it in a pond and released it in a strip pit after me and the little ones played with it. I would have given it to you. Happy Birthday check legality, hope you get one, it was pretty cool.
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Richele - 2013-09-17
I have two young (under a year) RES. Unfortunately early on they learned about dried shrimp and krill, so now I can't get them to eat anything else. They do eat some dried meal worms though. I spray a hearty amount of multiple vitamins as well as calcium on their food before giving it to them. Occasionally they'll eat small pieces of carrots or green leaf lettuce, but not as often as I think they should. Any suggestions on how to get them to eat a better variety of food? Oh and I feed them in a seperate tank which they stay in for about 20 to 30 minutes, so they don't free feed.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-26
    As adults these turtles are primarily vegetarians. My two red-eared sliders are about 18 years old, but when I got them (at 8 years old) the lady who had them fed them only shrimp! Well, I put them in my pond and began to feed them a commercial turtle food, and sometimes a pond Koi food. There are also some plants in the pond.  When that was all they were offered, they began to eat it. They will still come up, hoping for a shrimp treat, and I give them some once in awhile. But they now know it is just that... a treat.
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Barbara Rector - 2012-06-18
Are there any serious health issues with painted turtles? I've heard there shells can fall off if they don't get enough sun, and to give them a calicum supplement. Is there any other concern that I need to worry about?

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  • Anonymous - 2013-09-10
    yes salmonella is a common turtle disease people catch easily if they dont wash there hands.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-10
    Actually the person responding as 'Anonymous' is not quite correct. Salmonella is not a turtle disease, it is a bacteria with over 200 strains. We come in contact with it all the time. Raw chicken that you fix for dinner, along with turtles as well as other reptiles are known to be carriiers of some strains. The best protection for your health and that of children is to be sanitary, and wash your hands regularly and teach your children to do so, especially after handling a reptile or any other animal for that matter.
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JUSTINMILL - 2012-05-13
I have a midland painted turtle i got from a freind who found it in the lake hear in ohio. i have it in a fish tank do i need a heat lamp or doe's it have any diseases i have kids and dont want them to get sick what should i doo?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-14
    It depends how big it is. Always should wash hands before and after handling turtles. You should have a basking light in the tank.
  • Anonymous - 2013-09-10
    yes painted turtles do carry diseases, the smaller the turtle the bigger the risk. the diseases they carry is called salmonella and it could be deadly but only if you dont wash your hands. yes they do need a heat lamp the best one to get is the deep dome lamp fixture they sell them at petco. and they need a special UVB light bulb also sold at petco
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-10
    Salmonella is a bacteria and it isn't restricted to turtles, although they are ones getting all the credit for being carriers. Actually, there are over 200 strains of salmonella bacteria. One of the common places we all come in contact with it is when we are preparing raw chicken for dinner.

    So yes... washing your hands is the best protection against contracting illness from these bacteria... in all your endeavors. Children are especially at risk, so teach them to wash their hands regularly.. when handling reptiles especially, because we know there is a salmonella bacteria exposure there.
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Danielle - 2011-08-24
I have a western painted box turtle. I found him in a corey in vermont, I've had him for over a year now and all has been going well. Just reacently within the past coupple days he hasn't been using his back legs like he normally does, it's as if they are week or they hurt him. He isnt supporting himself with them in the water and they almost look swollen. Any one have any suggestions as to why this is happening??

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-19
    You realize a painted turtle is different from a box turtle right?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-19
    Needs vet treatment. Usually means digestive tract blockage. If rear area swollen could be a kidney issue.
  • Rocwel - 2012-03-18
    Check how old it is probably take it to the vet
  • Anonymous - 2013-09-10
    Take him to the vet asap (as soon as possible )
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CJ - 2009-11-06
Hello, I am from Orange county, New York.
While out on a days outing, driveing down a back road, we came across a road that divided a bog. We were so distraught at the amount of painters that had been run over by cars. We did find one that was trying to cross the road. Thinking it would get hit we brought it home with us and name her lucky. Which we believe she was! as no way would she have made it to the other sde, or back again for that matter. There had to be at least 2 dozen turtles there that didn't make it! Lucky now has a place in our home with all the comfort's of a turtles paradise, she deserve's it after such an ordeal! WHAT AN AWESOME TURTLE SHE IS!
We are planning on putting a sign up "!WARNING TURTLE CROSSING!PASS WITH CARE!!" CJ.

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  • martha e. - 2010-05-18
    I was move to tears for the others turtles that didn't make it, but "lucky" was very lucky to find you, we "people" are the only ones who could care and take care of every animal species, well, also for the human species, we need to take care of each other and also for everybody around us, so I humbly ask everybody, please watch out when you drive around places where there's animal life, please slow down a little, and enjoy the wonderful view of the different animal species that thrive in our little and only planet!
  • derek - 2010-05-24
    Where was this bog? I live in orange county new york also and just found a baby painted I kept. I'm looking for another and that sounds like A GOOD place to rescue one.
  • Max - 2010-06-13
    I live in Orange County, NY. Yesterday a turtle emerged from my pond, walked across the grass (abt 30 yards). There she dug a "nest" and extended it with an underground "tunnel." After that she laid five eggs. She pushed each egg into the tunnel and some dirt after it. Then she covered the nest and went back to the pond and swam away. I'm wondering if you have any info re the turtles, their breading or otherwise. I've put up some protection for the nest. Any idea when the eggs will hatch? I'd like to make sure the babies get safely back to the pond. Thanks.
  • bob - 2013-08-13
    You shouldn't take painted turtles from their wild habitat, it can stress them out. Plus, it is bad for the environment. It would be good to first ask the state for permission before you put up the sign, but it is a good idea!
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