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Jake Bearden - 2013-07-03
I found 5 in the Illinois river.

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carri - 2013-06-20
wondering if the heat lamp needs to be on all the time? nighttime too? what about UV lamp, on all the time? my turtle doesn't bask either. i put a large rock for it to climb onto, with gravel all around so wont damage shell, but it just hides under rock in the water. sometimes just stays under water. it did manage to escape the tank because of filter open area, can they be without water? are they supposed to have lots of water? I'm a bit overwhelmed. we inherited from a friend who didnt want anymore.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-21
    Nice pet, and very cool to get! Ideally the water should be 8-10' and well filtered. They do live in the water most of the time, although they (like other turtles) can roam on land some, and will come out to bask, utilizing the sun to absorb vitamins. The UV light is necessary for their health, it's our captive alternative to sunlight.  But your turtle doesn't need the basking light or the UV light kept on all day and at night, as in nature they would only be in the sun during the daytime. If the environement is too cold however, their metabolism will slow down, so using a regular basking light will provide some warmth. A red or black basking light at night can also provide some warmth at night (they can't see those lights so they are non-intrusive to the turtle at night). Of course with it being summer time, that's probably not an issue right now. Good luck to you both, I think you'll really enjoy that little guy:)
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InkPoison - 2013-06-10
I have a small male painted turtle named Echo, and I've had him for about 3 years(the longest I ever had a pet, I was never good with fish). I like to name my animals with something that goes along with them. For example: I got a male albino guinea pig and named him Ghost for his color and mishevious personality. Echo got his named because he watch my every move and followed me around my room(which is really kind of creepy, imagine getting up at night and realizing your turtles staring at you). But it is true: Turtles are great pets, and if your thinking about getting one, I highly recommend reading this page.

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kye turnbull - 2013-05-15
its banned to have these turtles in Queensland! they are a pest in the Brisbane area!

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Adrian Villasenor - 2013-05-17
I've had my a.s.t. for about 9 months and I had it in a 20g tank and it was fine, it swam and ate and played around with my r.e.s. I recently purchased a 40g tank for both of them and it seems like its sick it won't eat all it does is bask so after about a month I separated it from the turtle and put it back in the 20g tank shallow water and dirt and it burys it self in the dirt does anybody know why it does that

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-18
    They do like to bury themselves in the mud or sand. In the wild they do this especially during dry seasons, and a female will do this to lay her eggs. But some do seem to just like to bury themselves in captivity. Some more important things are to make sure your African Sideneck is eating and basking.
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Jodi Bauer - 2013-05-05
We have had our Side-neck for about 3 years now. She started out happy and swimming around and would greet us everyday. Over the past year she has started to hide from everyone. She stays under her rock and doesn't come out even if you feed her. we used to be able to hold her but now she tucks in and tries to get away. Her water temp is about 77 and the basking temp is about 85. Any ideas as to what could be wrong???

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-05
    Because you've had the African Side-necked Turtle for a good amount of time, that's a difficult question to answer. These turtles are shy, and often jump into the water and tuck in their heads when in a new home, but that doesn't make sense for yours. It sounds like you take good care of yours and have a good environment for it. What comes to my mind is they are known to be group baskers, so I wonder if it could be becoming more of a recluse because it is isolated. Don't know for sure, but it does make me wonder.
  • Zach - 2013-05-13
    I hope your turtle feels better and I have two maybe your turtle is lonesome my first was.
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Lori - 2009-09-28
Hello. We found a baby Western Painted turtle just 2 weeks ago, beside a lake that our city is draining. We're guessing he's about 2 weeks old. He still had his egg tooth up until today. :) He is very friendly and sweet. Thanks for your article!!

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nicole - 2009-04-16
Hi my name is nicole. My sister just got me a turtle and i think it is a cagles map turtle. It is a baby i know that. I just want to know how old it is? and how big a home i should get it?, how much water? and how to tell if it is male of female?. also how big it is going to get? Thank you.

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Tiago - 2013-05-12
I found a spiny soft shelled turtle in amazon Brazil.

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mom - 2013-05-03
I found a red eared today I believe she is a female,she was crossinga busy street and in fear of her getting run over I took her home. She's about the size of a desertplate at at first seemed nervous and would snap her mouth at my fingers. I would love to give her the proper care,, her shell is peeling top and bottom is this normal? My kids are excited with her, is to much human contact bad for her? Is she a water turtle?or does she just need access to a little pond ? How do I know if she needs water or if It's enough water for her? If anyone can answer my questions ASAP I would gladly appreciate it :) Thank You

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-03
    The information above will give you good guidelines for providing the right environment for your turtle. The peeling on the shell may just simply be exposure to a too dry an environment, so be sure to give it an area with water to re-hydrate. It is probably snapping because it is has lived in the wild, and is not familiar with being handled by humans so is probably defensive. Providing it with the right home and food in captivity, along with some time to become comfortable is probably the best antidote for the concerns you're having. Good luck:)
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