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Old 10-06-2006, 04:17 PM   #11
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The skin is just shedding, which is normal. It should stop in a few days. You only really need to worry if it peels alot for more than 2 weeks or so.

Females are usually a little smaller, have short front claws, and the shell is more convex than the male. The male will have long front claws, usually larger, and a "longer" thinner shell. The male also has an opening on the underside of the tail, used for mating. I forget what it's called.

You can feed the turtles any sort of veggie. Mine love apples!

Do you live near a river or large pond at all?
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Cool set ups how much does it cost to keep those nice turtles?
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Cool set ups how much does it cost to keep those nice turtles?
For a good set up, expect an initial output of about $300-$500.
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Cool set ups how much does it cost to keep those nice turtles?
For a good set up, expect an initial output of about $300-$500.
cool Im willing to spend around $450-500.
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Well so far we've spent about $150...and we still need some more stuff! exspensive little bugger.
We live about 2 miles from a little lake. Its stocked with fish occasionally but I have never seen signs of turtles there. We were thinking someone dumped him there and he wandered back up the wash.
He is eating better now. I got some anacharis that it munches on through the day along with some kale. In the evening we feed him some mealworms and minnows. The minnows originally came from the lake...my neighbor keeps them in her pond...which isn't missing a turtle. The minnows we catch and dangle in front of his face and he goes crazy for them. Its gross.
What else should we focus on getting this week? We have a day light and a night light, a UV lamp, filter, and a basking dock. I was thinking a heater for the water and some more turtle safe plants. What else?
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I don't really have many other suggestions. You can add decos as per your liking.

One thing to note, is do not feed the turtle daily. Every other day max. They can get fat very fast, and it's not good for their health. Even though they will try and trick you into making you thing they are starving to death, don't give in!
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LoL Okay!Would the anacharis be okay to just have in there though?? Yay! An end is in sight!
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The anacharis should be fine. There are a few plants that turtles can't eat, but I'm fairly certain anacharis isn't one of them.
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Now the turtle is sick! Whyyyyyy? It is very lethargic and his eyes are closed and puffy what do I do now? I won't have vet money til Friday. The water temp is 78f and we did a 50% pwc yesterday. What could these sytoms be?

(edit: I checked the water...ammonia was at 2.0 and we just did a pwc yesterday! How did it get so bad? Did another pwc just now...ahh the joys of late night water changes. Could that be why his are shut?)
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It is possible that is why the eyes are shut. Also if he was in a lake there could have been some pollution that got into his system and that can take a few days to set in.

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good filtration (you think fish are dirty?!
Never a truer statement. I typically recommend double what you would use for fish when setting up a turtle tank.

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???????????? Are you sure, all of my females have been larger than my males.

The other thing that you may wish to watch out for, if you are using a glass tank, chek it frequently. I have had 2 now that were cracked by the turtles swimming into the sides. As a matter of fact, I was just here checking some posts, and I heard some water hitting the floor (at 3am never a good sound). I went out into the living room and saw a nice crack in my 50 gal turtle tank (I have 2 RES). Just got finished changing out tanks (good thing I still had the old one in the garage.
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