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Israel sapp - 2014-05-25
I was fishing last night in the river and I caught 4 of these turtles from 6 to 9 inches! I still have them, was going to put them in my pond as pets but I wanted to see if they were rare and if so does anyone know who I can send them to? I also caught a baby alligator turtle, just checking what to do with them if they are on the endangered species list?

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paul d - 2014-05-07
My soft shell turtle (squrtel) is a female, I found it in garden lakes rome, ga. Although small, she has a big appetite. I caught 1 before. I kept the water cold and clean and he was well fed and 5 days later he was in turtle heaven. Now we have a club called club wild, it is only 1 dollar to join if you want to learn more about animals. Thanks for listening.

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MIKEY - 2014-05-01
The matamata turtle looks like lavos from chrono trigger.

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sandra - 2014-01-19
I have a Wonderful Common Snapper. He is about 5 or 6 months old. We rescued him from our chicken hutch. Luckily we found hi before they did. He comes to me and stretches up the side like he wants out. After reading this I will start taking him out more often. He looks so sad in there and pushes himself to the edge as close to the family as he can get. I don't think he understands why he is in there and we are out here. He loves his belly rubs and under his neck to be rubbed...anything actually to be rubbed. He has never tried to bite me. I don't think he would take a chunk on purpose. Maybe I'm crazy but when he looks up with those big eyes he looks like he completely loves you. I'm crazy about Bubba T or Bubba Turtle... He definitely knows me and comes running we he hears my voice. Today his poop was green and he has been feeling kinda poorly not wanting to eat. Before he loved to eat reptamin sticks. Now nope. Ive been hand feeding him soft pellets mixed with pumpkin for the fiber and veggy content. I don't like it when he doesnt eat. I had him on antibiotic because he just wasn't acting like himself and although he showed no symptoms the vet gave me oral meds and i tickle his throat..opens wide and 3 drops go in. Then he looks at me like I just tricked him..lol..at least its cherry flavored. Probably would rather have liver flavored. I would love to know if meds cause green poop. He was constipated for a few days and was droopy cause of it. I would love to play with him I just don't want him to get cold. Love My Snapper Baby...putting in pond for him when warm comes!!

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John Lee - 2011-03-13
When I and my dad got a MataMata Turtle he was as heavy as a piece of paper. He is now very hardy and eats from your hand. In the Book Tophero Son of Smilodon there is a matamata turtle and is a really good book. BTW the families matamata is named T-rex :)

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  • G.S - 2014-01-12
    Congratulations.
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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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