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Old 12-10-2007, 12:56 AM   #1
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Need help with a turtle.

hi guys. a few months ago, my neighbor gave us a red eared slider hatchling, about the size of a silver dollar.

so far it has been kept in this tiny clear plastic box with an inch or so of water. we change the water every day when we feed him.

my wife and i figured our son would eventually forget about his "tuga" (i wanted to call him "cuff" in preparation for the addition of "link"), but he's still interested in his turtle, so i thought it cruel to keep the little beast in such a container.

does anyone have experience raising or caring for turtles?

i've done some research online, but i'd like to hear first hand knowledge if possible.

tia.

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Old 12-10-2007, 06:37 AM   #2
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I took care of a slider for a customer of mine not too long ago. Aquired much the same way, too, when it was just a little thing. They had had it for twenty years and their son had long since moved on !

The aquarium they brought me was its "travelling" setup, a ten gallon. I was told they keep it in a bigger one at home. Anyway, the aquarium gets half filled with water. There is a suction cup floating fake rock thing that gets attached to the aquarium for when the turtle wants to get out of the water and sun itself. The rocks adjust themselves to your water level and can probably be picked up at Petsmart type places. I kept Willie by a sunny window and they used a heat lamp at home. There is a special turtle food I fed Wille. He got ten pellets/day and fed in a separate large bowl. I left him in there about half an hour in the morning and all the pellets were eaten by that time. This bowl needed to have enough water in it so he could submerse himself when eating and regular tap water was OK. This keeps your aquarium cleaner.

Hope this helps. I figured Willie being twenty+ years old..... they must know what they're doing

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I think I'm finally getting my turtle for Christmas. (shh I know nothing!)
This thread is gonna be great! Thanks!
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Old 12-10-2007, 08:48 AM   #4
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sorry, thought you wanted recipes or techniques. Maryland "Tarpin" used to be a regional specialty.
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Old 12-10-2007, 09:23 AM   #5
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sorry, thought you wanted recipes or techniques. Maryland "Tarpin" used to be a regional specialty.
Oooooh Robo
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Old 12-10-2007, 09:40 AM   #6
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Wow, twenty plus years old!

I wish cats lived that long.

Good luck, BT!

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Old 12-10-2007, 09:43 AM   #7
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Wow, twenty plus years old!

I wish cats lived that long.
My eldest cat just turned 21 on Friday, Lee. I heard 26 was close to the top but with exceptions. Mine is half-blind, half-deaf but with a good appetire and likes to go for her daily constitutional. And boy do I get glared at if her favourite rug isn't on the lounge for her!!!
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Old 12-10-2007, 09:48 AM   #8
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Here BT.
For inspiration

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Old 12-10-2007, 10:26 AM   #9
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You need to get his habitat going soon because right now he cant go any where or do anything.Maybe a companion would be nice as well.
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Old 12-10-2007, 10:47 AM   #10
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Make sure to wash your hands well after handling the turtle, as they carry salmonella.
The only turtles my kids ever had were the terrapins that we found in the yard. They like chopped balogna or raw hamburger.
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