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Sharon A - 2013-01-12
We have 2 red eared sliders, one is approx 18 yrs, and the other about 5 yrs. We have always kept them in seperate tanks because we were always told two males could not be kept together. We have since put them together, and bought a 55 gallon tank for them, and it has been three days and they are very aggressive towards each other, biting at each others shells, faces...... why is this, and should we go back to seperate tanks?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-12
    Well first, if they have always lived alone, they are probably used to having their own territory. Introducing them into a new environment they aren't used to as well as having another tankmate is probably very stressful. It sounds like they aren't getting along very well and I would definitely separate them - If they are tearing each others shells up and causing wounds they could get infected and then sick. You could try again at a later time if you want. Generally, if two baby turtles are bought together and kept together there are often no problems unless a female is present. Two males would still need to be kept an eye on as they grow up however, to make sure they will continue to get along fine.
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obadiah russell - 2013-01-06
does anyone know of any good websites that give information on softshell turtles? i have no clue what kind i have and would like to know as much as i can. i saved this turtle from an owner who didnt care much for it. my email is obierussell@yahoo.com thankyou

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abhishek - 2012-12-20
My turtle is suffering from intestinal prolapse what can I do? Please suggest to me a home treatment.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2012-12-20
    Intestinal prolapse will often go away on its own. Can you actually see your turtles intestines outside of its body? They may retract back inside the body on their own. Are there other turtles in the enclosure? If so you will want to take the hurt turtle out and put him in a separate container for now. If there is a lot of swelling you can dry putting some dry sugar or honey on the intestines to help reduce the swelling. Keep an eye on him and see if the intestines go back inside. If it seems they are not retracting back inside on their own then you can try to gently push them back inside. If that doesn't work, the best plan of action would be to take him to a vet.
  • abhishek - 2012-12-20
    Thanks for the reply, but the intestinal prolapse comes out some time when my turtle forces it and after she fails to get it out then the prolapse goes in itself...... please let me know what can I do, it is black in colour.
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Chelsea - 2012-12-20
My red eared slider turtle only likes eating goldfish but the money is short so to save money can I feed her live bearing fish? Because I won't have to go by fish because the fish will have babies so what do you think will it help me save money?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-20
    Sure can.  Raising your own is actually better as you will know that they come from quality water!
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joshua - 2012-12-17
I have a turtle. shes 2 years old. I found her in a canal in Carlsbad, New Mexico. I don't know what to feed her. I've had her for 3 years. I feed her pallets. shes growing so big. I've tried to put all kinds of different fish's with her in a tank. But she eats them all!. I don't know what to do. or what to feed her. or how many times do i feed her. If someone can help me that would be great.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-17
    Live fish are great for them and it gives her some exercise.  The turtle sticks are good because they give the turtle the vitamins they are missing in captivities.  Adding some vegetables is a great idea too.  I would cut a few feeders in the tank a week and use the turtle sticks once or twice a day.  The turtle will give you the signs when hungry.
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Evelyn M. Oats Whitehurst - 2012-10-11
I have a painted tutle and was thinking about setting it free. It's not happy in his tank any more he's alway trying to get out. I have done everything from getting him a bigger tank, to putting fish in with him. Which he ate. I know where there is a pond that has other tutle amd fish in it. They feed the fish and turtle. I just want to know if he would be able to make it. After all I have had him for 3 years and I don't want anything to happen to him, but I feel he would be happier with other turtles. Anyone know anything about this. And I live in Florida so I know he wont be cold, which it a big thing with turtles.

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  • Evelyn M. Oats Whitehurst - 2012-10-11
    Yes, he just wants out and I'm feeling bad about him being in a cage.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-11
    Maybe donate him?  Some one with a backyard pond?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-11
    Turtles will usually do ok.  If you have been feeding it live fish it will have a better chance.  Does your tank have deep areas and decor to keep your turtle interested?
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-12
    Let me suggest a couple of ideas to find him a new home. Try running a classified ad offering it free to a good home. There's almost always people who would adopt. You can also talk to your local pet store, they may take him and find him a home, or have ideas of how to find a new owner.
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sara - 2010-08-31
Why do turtles lay eggs?

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  • veela - 2012-01-24
    Can you imagine if they gave live birth? Those spikey, serrated shells would probably tear the bejeebers out of the mother! Ouchies!!
  • brittney - 2012-12-04
    Well if they gave live birth they would die cuse the shells are so soft and they would get squished.
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I wuv turtles - 2012-12-01
Can anyone help me my African side neck hasn't eaten in about 3 weeks, his nose is red, and he's not swimming..... I've had him for 3 years and he has never done this before CAN ANYONE HELP??? :(

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-01
    Can't know for sure but possibly a respiratory infection.  You might want to take to vet and get some antibiotics.
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Liz - 2012-11-13
I just recently acquired 2 asn turtles and I am pretty sure one is female and the other is male. At what age do they start breeding? I would like to keep them in the same tank but I don't want them to breed? Is there anything I can do to keep them from breeding when they become adults or will I need to put them in seperate tanks when they get older?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-13
    Depending on diet and environmet sexual maturity can vary.  It will range between 3 anf 5 years.  Breeding isn't guaranteed if kept together.  The only sure way to prevent this is to seperate them.
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Claudia - 2012-11-05
I have two adult turtles, my sister brought me 2 more babies turtle.. my question is can I put them together?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-06
    yes. but be sure to monitor them to make sure they get along.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-06
    Make sure the tank and filters are big enough for both.
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