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Suzanne thatcher - 2012-07-10
Help! Today while canoeing on our lake in Wisconsin, a lake I have lived on for the past 43 years, I came across a horrific scene, I found approximately 8 -9 dead adult turtles in a relatively small area in it's back bay. I've never encountered anything like this there before. There were also very large algae floats that are new to the lake-most of the turtles were floating in them.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-11
    I would call Fish and game and tell them.  It doesn't hurt to report it and I'd be afraid that something toxic is in the water and what happens if a child gets into it.  Might be my mind overworking but I would be concerned and i would call the experts to find out. 
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Jeni - 2012-04-17
I would like to know how to detemine the sex of my turtle? It is an African side neck.

To Answer the questions about turtles not eating it could be a variety of things the water is to acidic or cold? Maybe s/he don't like the type of food you are feeding it.

Last and this is a biggy..all turtles seem to go into periods of hybernation but I know that when I did not have a UV light/lamp on the take my poor turtles seemed overly sleepy all the time! I had the wrong type of light in the tank...I was just using regular bulbs not UV. That was part of my issues and my turtle could have had malabsorption issues due to his shell de-calcifying. SO UV light good regular light not so much. Lesson learned...now I just need to know if my turtle is a she or a he?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-17
    I have to be honest and tell you I have never tried to determine the sex of a turtle - just have never done it. So I tried looking it up and I found what I thought made the most sense to me. Many articles just said based on whatever type of turtle or had long ads --- No fun. This article made some sense to me SEXING TURTLES
  • Carlos Mendez - 2012-05-02
    Well on Turtleforum.com it said that an African Side-Necked turtle sex depends on its tail. Larger one indicates that it is a male. Smaller/skinnier tail indicates it is a female.
  • veela - 2012-05-28
    Females have their vent placed closer to between the legs, while males, who also have a longer tail, have their vent opening almost at the tip of the tail. Males also have a concave plastron (the shell that covers the belly) while a female's is almost completely flat.
  • Anonymous - 2012-07-10
    The concave really gives it away. Males have that rounded underside while females do not.
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jay harris - 2012-05-13
A couple of days ago I found a red-eared slider in the middle of the road of course I stopped and bought him home with me he's about 5 inches, beautiful head looks pretty healthy walks around the house like he owns the place enjoys being in the water my problem I haven't seen.Him eat anythingi getting worried.don't know what to do to get him to eat. Please help

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-13
    Couple days is not big deal. It is more then likely nervous. I would throw some live feeder fish and greens in there and wait it out. Remember this little guy has been taken from a wide open environment and placed in a smaller unfamiliar place, it needs to adjust and feel safe.
  • Laras - 2012-09-25
    How nice! We have an 18 yr RES that we saved . I would love to have a pond for him. Have you called a local rltipee shop or maybe the Zoo? Ours is still in a large aquarium half water then rock for him to sun on top of. Keeping him warm would be the issue. If he has been inside for a good length of time (like ours) I don't know how he would adapt. They are aggressive so being with other turtles isn't a problem, but climate is another story.
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Larry Bob - 2012-09-24
How do I sex my Red- Eared Sliders?

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Austin Burger - 2012-08-17
I have two baby turtles and the smaller one of the two has been on the land part of the tank for two days. Should I be worry about it?

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  • Larry John - 2012-09-24
    He should be fine if he is eating and drinking regularly. I would just watch for any other symptoms but he should be fine.
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JENNIFER - 2012-01-16
I'm in need of a female fl. box turtle. help! =)

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  • Gelacio Gonzalez - 2012-09-22
    Jennifer: I have terrapene carolina bauri female, I need a male, we can change.
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christian - 2011-07-08
I have a full grown african sideneck turtle and I caught a baby painted turtle. Will the african sideneck turtle attack it?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-08
    That you would have to watch. The african sideneck can be agressivre on occasion as to why or for what I don't know. I wouldn't let them roam around together until you have had a chance to see how they interact with each other on neutral teritory. Place them a foot apart on the floor or yard and let them see each other, get to hang out together and just introduce them graduallylike that for a few weeks with you supervising. If they get along - great but if not, you will be right there to insure that nothing happens. If attacked the little guy will just pull into his shell so it should be fine but when it comes to feeding etc, the little guy (unless they get along) could wind up on the short end of the stick. Should be fine but watch them.
  • christian - 2011-07-08
    Thanks. I did it and they actually started like checking each other out but they haven't fought yet. They have been in the the same tank since 2:00 today and haven't really fought at all. The sideneck just rubbed its head againt the painted turtle.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-08
    Sounds like your doing good with them. I would just put food in 2 differnt places. Think of them as two children.
  • Jen - 2012-09-16
    Yes, a turtles skin will shed...and their shells will grow as well...during this time. Hence, it is developing larger.
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Christian Herrera - 2012-09-07
Can I add a stingray to my tank to live with my turtle 150+ gallons

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    Your tank is definitely big enough, and red-earred sliders aren't really bottom dwellers. So there shouldn't be any competition for location, but a freshwater ray will definitely want a sandy substrate.
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Mary - 2012-09-06
A long time fish enthusiast my boys begged for something more interesting so we just got our first turtle, an African Snake-neck. It is awesome! He's so curious and really watches what we do! We researched and spoke at length with a local reptile dealer about the right turtle for us, how to set up his habitat and what his needs would be. After a bit of trial and error on my part I believe we have a nice situation for him. However, the turtle guy said only three or four inches of water were needed. Online articles I've read said 8 to 10 inches. I added more water and he used more of his habitat but when he retreated to his favorite end, which was then deeper, he acted panicky and distressed so I took most of the additional water back out. Any comments or suggestions?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-06
    These turtles normally need deeper areas of water.  It will get use to the extra water and actually enjoy the ability to go into deep water.
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Ren - 2012-09-02
I have a baby Eastern Spiny Soft shell Turtle. I have not set my tank up yet. I want it to be perfect so he's in a small plastic tub. I change the water everyday since its not a lot of water. I put some calcium sand in there and now there is a film on top of the water -  is calcium sand ok. I have also notice a light white fuzz on his neck can't tell if it is shedding of a fungus. any thoughts? thank you

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    I'm guessing its a fungus. Be sure to have a filter on his tank as that will help with the film, and can help prevent infections. You may want to treat the water with a fungal medication (like for fish). Once he's in a larger body of water, that should help. They are a more difficult water turtle to care for, but once you get him established and his final home on a maintenance schedule, you should do fine.
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