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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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Deanna - 2013-05-01
Hi I just want to know what pests are relating to the pig-nosed turtle in captive?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-02
    These guys usually do okay if they have a good environment and its kept clean, and they are properly fed. They are shy and so can get stressed, which makes them not come out to eat and then prone to disease. Bacterial diseases like shell rot, shell disease, sores, and white spots are common problems with most turtles. As far as 'pests' there are some parasites that are known to affect the Pig Noseed Turtles in the wild that include three species of flatworms. Two of these are Doodytrema carettochelydis and Paradeuterobaris novaguieae.



    Its good to have some anti-fungal medication on hand, Pimafix is a good general one that has anibacterial and antifungal properties. If they get a parasite in captivity, you have to medicate them very carefully, and would want to take them to a vet for diagnosis. One medication called 'Flagyl' is said to be good to treat pig nose turtles for parasites and bacteria.
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kelly - 2013-01-19
my turtle will not eat.I never seen him eat at pet smart either. What should i do if anyone can give me feed back please do.(P.S i had my turtle for 2 or 3 months too.)(and we tried to put him into another place to see nope not working)

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-19
    What have you tried so far?  Is the water warm enough.  Turtles will slow down eating if the water is not warm enough.
  • EPotter - 2013-02-03
    During a monthly cleaning, I had set the UV lamp out of sight and forgot to place it back over the tank. My sliders, 3 years old, would not eat for weeks. Got the lamp set up and they quickly resumed eating. If you have the right climate, your RES might prefer outdoors with one or two hours of direct sun now and then (be prepared for clever escape attempts, hungry cats, etc).
  • Consuelo - 2013-03-15
    I receive a turtle 3 weeks ago, anthe first two weeks, but he or she (I dont know) didnt eat for the first two weeks, bur now the weather is warmer and then she started to eat. Her previous owner told me thet in winter time turtles dón't eat to much
  • Jacob Haynes - 2013-04-22
    time to call the vet
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hroiz - 2012-12-29
When I was 10 years old, my mom got me a red-eared slider. I never bought a filter or heater for her because I did not know they needed that. I am now 13 and have had her for a few years and she has survived just fine. She does seem to dig on the bottom of the tub a lot but I think that's normal behavior. Anyways, I was wondering if I should get her a heater and filter now? I have been told they do not like change, so I'm not sure what to do.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-29
    Adding a filter makes it much easier to care for the turtle.   Many turtles are kept without heatebut for the best living situation the water should be at least 75 degrees.  Adding these things should not stress it out at all.  When adding heater raise temperature very slowly maybe 2 degrees every few days.
  • hroiz - 2012-12-30
    I also do not have a basking spot for my turtle. I do have an area where she can get out of the water but it is not heated. I do put her out in the sun every day or every other day. Would a heated basking spot be necessary?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-30
    Yes definately needs a basking spot.
  • Jacob Haynes - 2013-04-22
    my vet always told me that 20mins a day 3 days my turtle would get more uvb then they would in a week from s bulb
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Bo - 2011-09-11
I’m looking to buy a turtle also. I bought a tank that I think is 20-gallons. Is it okay to keep one red-eared slider in there, even when it is an adult? Please help, I want a turtle really badly!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-09-12
    My adult sliders are a good 10-12 inches across. I would say a 20 gallon aquarium would be way too small for them. But juveniles though, being 4" across, they could probably be kept in there for quite awhile. I keep mine in our outdoor pond and they love it. They are about 14 years old.
  • Jacob Haynes - 2013-04-22
    i have a 20 gallon long i have spent over 300.00 on my little guy i am planning on keeping trooper in this tank for a while.you have to realize that the internet is nothing but opoins so use your best judge meant. the only thing i have to say is this just make sue you take him/her to the vet once a year. provide lighting and heat you should do great. when i was a boy around 10 or so we keep one turtle in a 10 gallon tank and he lived for years. yes he stayed small but there was no harm done. now i wander how many people are going to say i am cruel
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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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