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Old 12-10-2007, 11:47 AM   #11
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I have had water turtles before, usually little snappers. It is absolutely imperative that they have a place to sun and get dry, or they will get sick and die.

I generally hang a desk lamp over the tank, with an incandescent bulb, so there is heat and light--they really like that warm, dry spot.

Snappers like minnows--I usually bought them a dozen at a time, left a few to swim around in the tank (catch me if you can!), and put the rest in the freezer. I would think the slider would like them too.

They like worms, but you may have to cut them up for a little turtle. (Ick.)
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Old 12-11-2007, 09:38 AM   #12
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thank you pacanis, qsis, jpmc, connie, and sparrowgrass.

squzie, good luck with it if you get one.

robo, this wouldn't even be enough for an amuse bouche. gotta fatten it up first.

bilby, you're, uh, kitty whipped.

pacanis, that trained turtle is hysterical. thanks!


i'll buy a 10 gallon tank the next time i have to go to petsmart for cat, parrot, and hermit crab food. probably next week. from what i've read, the rule of thumb is that you need 10 gallons for every inch of shell, so it'll be ok for now. also need to get gravel, the sunning rock, and a filter.

i wanted something larger, but we don't have the room. it has to fit on a shelf above the hermit crab cage.

i'll also utilize the little tank he's in now as the daily feeding tank.

and thanks for the suggestions, but i think we'll stick to pellets for now.
i really don't need my 3 year old making daddy a worm and minnow sandwich, then having a fit because i won't eat it.

i'll let you know how it is if i ever do.
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Old 12-11-2007, 11:31 AM   #13
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Have fun Bucky! I've always wanted a turtle. I sure wish they'd start selling those little ones again. We had them when we were little and I loved mine.
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bilby, you're, uh, kitty whipped.
You betcha!!! Every single day on more levels than you can imagine!!
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Old 12-12-2007, 10:14 AM   #15
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lol, bilby. i hear ya.



my wife bought a basking rock attachment, gravel, and new food yesterday, so now it's up to me to pick up the tank and filter. with the little guy around, i think i'll get an impact resistant plastic tank instead of glass.

anyone have recommendations on filters?
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Old 12-12-2007, 11:11 AM   #16
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Years ago, as a kid, would take in a sick turtle in the fall and release it in the spring after nursing it back to health. They were usually 6 - 8 inches.

My brother was a herpetologist so the feeding and medical stuff were easy.

Had a rectangular fish tank. There was a pool, gravel for him (or her, never could sex a turtle - sorry) to bask on. Had heating lights.

Would go to your pet store and ask them. Also Googled and there are a number of sites that discuss taking care of pet turtles - including housing.

Those turtles never did learn any trick but to stay - and they usually did that very well.

Good luck.
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Old 12-27-2007, 01:24 PM   #17
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thanks for everyone's help.

before christmas i bought a 20 litre tank, filter, basking lamp, floating rock, and stuff to make to tank more homey.

the little guy loves to bask. he started to grow some fungus on his shell from being submerged all day in the old tiny tank, but it seems to be going away the more he basks.

he seems to love his new home. he falls asleep under the light, with everything outstretched as if doing a belly flop. he's eating well, and enjoys swimming into the flow from the output of the filter, getting shot across the tank. at first i thought he did it by accident, but he does it often enough over and over that i realized he was just having fun.

then he goes back to his sunbathing. what a life.

hopefully, the next time i'm down town, i'll pick up another turtle to keep him company.
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Old 12-27-2007, 01:38 PM   #18
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BT, before you get your turtle a companion, Google 'Do turtles get lonely?'

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Old 12-27-2007, 04:20 PM   #19
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Have you named him yet? Im sure he is so much happier and comfortable now that you built him his very own Turtle Resort/Water Park and Sun Spa .More brownie points for you BT.
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Old 12-27-2007, 06:39 PM   #20
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That's pretty cool, BT..... How long before he's doing tricks?
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