Animal Stories - Painted Turtle

Animal-World Information about: Painted Turtle

   Painted Turtles can can handle a wide variety of conditions and will become quite tame, making them wonderful pets!
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laina - 2010-05-24
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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  • Robin - 2010-08-13
    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.
  • Kailey - 2010-10-10
    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.
  • Nora - 2011-01-23
    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
  • leona - 2011-05-13
    Boys have long nails and have you tired dangling a worm in front of him? My turtle loves worms and try floating koi sticks.
sarah - 2010-05-21
Hi I have a baby paint turtle named murtle all he does is eat.

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  • Anonymous - 2010-09-22
    Good for you sarah.
  • cesca - 2010-09-28
    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.
CIERRA - 2009-01-12
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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  • Dr.Brock - 2010-07-09
    That is the same thing I love turtles they are so fascinating creatures.
Pam - 2010-06-10
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?

justin - 2010-05-20
Thanks for the info my girl friend and I were walking my dog and came across a baby paint my dog almost stepped right on it, but of course after my girl friend seen it we had to care for it.... we named it crush.

Alexandra Turnbull - 2010-04-17
Hi! About a week ago I came across six baby/hatchling painted turtles. I have set up a 10 gallon tank (it's all I can afford right now) with lights, rocks and a basking platform. I clean out the tank everyday and feed them once a day of juvenile turtle pellets and cut up meal worms. They all seem to be doing fine so far, but they are very timid and seem to be aggressive towards each other. At times two will face each other and one with tuck its head in and start to shiver its front legs. I was curious why they are doing this and if I can somehow make them happier little guys.

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  • Mark Conti - 2010-05-06
    That sounds like the mating ritual! Do some research on them!
  • Dav3 - 2010-05-15
    This is not aggression, It is a mating ritual that all turtles do. The male will do it to males and females, and my female Gary (etta), so named after a certain sea sponges pet snail, will do that to her own reflection in her tank.
  • kendra - 2010-05-17
    Hi waz up?
NICK - 2010-03-26
Hello. I was playing golf around ridley creek in pa. I observed the canadian geese sitting on the embankments chatting and eating differently. I walked over and to my surprise here were baby painters trying to make it to the creek but not many were making it. I scooted the geese and brought three baby turtles home this was 1991 now they have 150gal tank with areas for lying in shallow water with a platform that leads to an earth area ; to our surprise we had baby turtles hatch. Turtles are the sweetest animals. Thank you for info it has helped in their happiness.

dana - 2009-07-03
my boyfriend, his little brothers and i have recently caught seven baby western painted turtles..this helped us out alot but we are wondering how we tell them apart?

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  • Synamon - 2010-02-26
    If you are wanting to know the sex? Males have claws on their front feet and their tales are longer and thicker than the female's.
tabitha - 2010-02-21
I just bought a small painted turtle and named him (or her) charlie. I put him on the floor in a little playpen, and charlie sure tried his hardest to escape, he went to every nook and crany trying to find a way out! It was so funny to watch because he had an opening to get out of, but charlie would not go to the opening, and when we put him by it, he would go right back over to the corner to try!!

amber johnson - 2009-12-15
Turtles are so cool!