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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 MAZURIĀ® 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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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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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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