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I just got a new baby painted turtle and I want to play with her but I'm worried because she is only about a couple days old. What should I do?
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Alex Burleson -
Baby painted turtles are exciting pets to have! However, when they are small, (and even when they are larger) they are quite fragile. You could carefully hold your turtle for 10-15 minutes once, or twice per day, and then place her back into her home.
I have had turtles for a while now and recently came across another one. It is a baby painted turtle. All it eats is dried shrimp, and I am worried that if that is its whole diet that it might not develop properly. How do I get it to eat other food like pellets?
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I found a baby turtle while I was on vacation around Lake Erie I am not sure what type of turtle it is and how I should care for it. It looks like it's either a Painted turtle or a Map turtle. The pattern on it's shell is similar to that of a Painted turtle but it's head and feet look more like a Map Turtle.
The turtle pictured on the painted turtle page at the top is a common map turtle, not a painted turtle.
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Editor's Note -
This photo was contributed as a painted turtle and the red markings are visible, however its identity cannot be determined absolutely from the picture. We hope to replace it with a more definitive picture in the future.
turtle rescue -
Biologist? Where did you get your degree? Are you a turtle expert? I certainly am, and checked just to make sure I was not mistaken (quite thoroughly) so unless they change their picture since your post. I real must "beg to differ." common map turtles look NOTHING like the picture at the top of the page. maybe a false map, but even then no. Note the slight red coloration around the edges? You can't see the underside well, but judging by the pattern and the red tinted edges, I would say this site is accurate in that picture and you may want to stick to you basic biology, go back to school and get a more specialized degree in something. All this is being said very kindly compared to what I would like to say.
Hello, I have been reading many different ways to identify the sex of my baby turtle. It's shell is the size of a half dollar, so not sure of age. (Son found him in a small pond in the woods behind my house.) He is very alert, and seems as if he/she knows who I am. Very entertaining, and can be embarrassing when caught; gagaga and gooing when you think no one is there. Also would like to know, how do they sleep? In water or on land?
Hello well me and my friend found a turtle at her house. When I left that day she let the turtle go. A week later I came back and she found the same turtle for a second time. We thought that was funny until she let it go and 3 days later she found it when I was over. She let it go one last time. I came over a few days later and we found it in her BASEMENT. It scared us both and now we think that I am a charm. I know turtles like to stay in one place and call it home but not every time I come over. And she found it in the basement. We don't know how it got there but it was a little freaky. Just wanting to post this to see if anyone had an idea bout what had happened?
Hi I have a painted turtle I found it in the street. It doesn't eat at all and how can you tell if it was a boy or girl and how can you tell how old it is?
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I have a painted turtle and he loves live minnows. When my sons found him it was the first time that I ever saw a turtle up close, and I'm still in the learning process. My daughter watches anything on animals, and she told me that the males are brighter colored. I'm not saying that this info is the gospel, but she is usually pretty accurate. I have found some info on size, and that is the best predictor of age. A full grown painted turtle is about 10-11 inches long, and babies are about the size of a quarter. Mine is somewhere in between. As far as diet I suggest that you check out some websites. I started investigating because mine has some brown spots on his shell, and that is due to a poor diet. He loves the minnows, but he needs other things too. I also found out that they need sunlight, or a sunlamp. I live in Wisconsin, so a sunlamp is my only choice once winter sets in. There is a lot more involved in caring for a turtle than I thought. It's not just a plastic bowl, and a rock. If you want check out turtle times. I'm not sure of the exact web address, but you can google it. Hope I was of some help.
Hi, i have three eastern painted turtles, one is a baby. If it doesn't eat that's ok, just supply food and it will eat when it is ready. If it's a boy the nails should be very long and the female would have short nails.
Hey you might want to know that turtles are very fussy,
so at first when I got my turtle we kept him in a container until we find a good tank. He didn't have a heater, filter or basking light so he never ate for as close as a month, after that we purchased a 40cm tank and bought a heater, a filter and a basking light and left him in peace for a day, the next day bam! He ate like a pig. So I think you should check if you have a tank, heater, filter, light and a place which is over the water where he can dry completely and sun bathe.
I hope this helped =)x
Boys have long nails and have you tired dangling a worm in front of him? My turtle loves worms and try floating koi sticks.
Hi I have a baby paint turtle named murtle all he does is eat.
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Good for you sarah.
Be careful I have a three year old turtle. He eats a lot but they could eat themselves to death they save the food, so don't feed him as much. Yea I learned that the hard way.
I am getting a painted turtle soon and this page helped me a lot! I know much more and am even more excited and informed to get my turtle! Thank You so much for the help and info!
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That is the same thing I love turtles they are so fascinating creatures.
Hello, I am from Orange county, New York.
While out on a days outing, driveing down a back road, we came across a road that divided a bog. We were so distraught at the amount of painters that had been run over by cars. We did find one that was trying to cross the road. Thinking it would get hit we brought it home with us and name her lucky. Which we believe she was! as no way would she have made it to the other sde, or back again for that matter. There had to be at least 2 dozen turtles there that didn't make it! Lucky now has a place in our home with all the comfort's of a turtles paradise, she deserve's it after such an ordeal! WHAT AN AWESOME TURTLE SHE IS!
We are planning on putting a sign up "!WARNING TURTLE CROSSING!PASS WITH CARE!!" CJ.
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martha e. -
I was move to tears for the others turtles that didn't make it, but "lucky" was very lucky to find you, we "people" are the only ones who could care and take care of every animal species, well, also for the human species, we need to take care of each other and also for everybody around us, so I humbly ask everybody, please watch out when you drive around places where there's animal life, please slow down a little, and enjoy the wonderful view of the different animal species that thrive in our little and only planet!
Where was this bog? I live in orange county new york also and just found a baby painted I kept. I'm looking for another and that sounds like A GOOD place to rescue one.
I live in Orange County, NY. Yesterday a turtle emerged from my pond, walked across the grass (abt 30 yards). There she dug a "nest" and extended it with an underground "tunnel." After that she laid five eggs. She pushed each egg into the tunnel and some dirt after it. Then she covered the nest and went back to the pond and swam away. I'm wondering if you have any info re the turtles, their breading or otherwise. I've put up some protection for the nest. Any idea when the eggs will hatch? I'd like to make sure the babies get safely back to the pond. Thanks.
Help! My Eastern painted turtle, Pearl, managed to get out of the pond and has not returned. The weather here is in the mid 90's. My yard is enclosed and she could not leave this area. She has been awol for one week. What are the chances that she is alive and will return?