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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.
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.
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.
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!
Claudia - 2012-11-05
I have two adult turtles, my sister brought me 2 more babies turtle.. my question is can I put them together?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-06
    yes. but be sure to monitor them to make sure they get along.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-06
    Make sure the tank and filters are big enough for both.
April Ferrell - 2012-02-27
I have found a Red-Eared Slider Turtle and I believe she is a female. She is about the size of a dinner plate and I don't believe she came from the wild because she has no scratches or any kind of damage to her shell. She seems like she is used to people handling her, and she likes to cover herself up with the towel. I am unable to keep her and want her to go to a good home. Please contact me as soon as possible so she can get the care she needs. I do not know how to care for her properly and don't want anything to happen to her because I am doing something wrong. I have been trying to feel her lettace. Please let me know if someone would like to take her or where I might take her. Thanks

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-02-28
    Bring her to a pet shop and donate her. Some times your local shelter will always take turtles and and be better suited to care for the turtle. Good rule of thumb, if it is out in the wild leave it there. Turtles adapte very well.
  • shirley Mirenda - 2012-03-22
    I would love to have this turtle and would give her a very good home. I have always loved turtles and frogs and have had several over the years.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-22
    If she isnt eating get some fish for it. They need meat as well. Iceberg lettuce doesn't have the needed nutrition.
  • peter lamborn - 2012-04-26
    If you haven't placed her yet, I'd like to have her if she's still avaliable. I live in Florida, but shipping shouldn't be a problem. Please reply whatever the answer is.
  • georgia gomes - 2012-10-23
    i have a turtle and i dont know if it is a girl or a boy how can i find out?
Kyle White - 2012-06-02
I have a red ear slider and she seems happy but she didn't eat for 2 days then last night she ate 4 feeder fish. Should i be worried?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-02
    No creature eats the same amount all the time. If the behavior, the eating and the pooping is all OK - and no obvious symptoms, I would think he was just fine.
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.
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.