Questions tagged [turtles]

Aquatic shelled reptiles, commonly kept in tanks or ponds; as opposed to land dwelling tortoises which have their own [tortoises] tag.

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What are some safe, healthy treats for my turtle?

I want to spoil my yellow-bellied slider a little bit, but I don't know what to provide as treats to break up the regular diet of pellets. I know that they are omnivores, and her previous owner said ...
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What are the safe materials for an aquatic turtle aquarium?

What are safe materials for inside an aquatic turtle aquarium? I've seen plans using PVC, concrete, lumber, etc. but am concerned about chemicals.
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My turtle cracked his plastron

We took the turtle out of his tank for a second. He ran off the bench so quickly that we couldn't catch him falling. He fell on the floor, cracking his plastron. I'm trying to take him to the vet, but ...
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How do I determine the age of my turtle?

I recently adopted a yellow-bellied slider, and the people who had her said that they had been keeping her for about 10 years, when they adopted her from a rescue house. I don't know how old she was ...
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Why does my European pond turtle rest on the back of my red-eared slider?

I have a European pond turtle and a red-eared slider as pets. They had been living together in harmony in an aquarium for about 8 years, but when I moved them both to a larger aquarium a year ago, I ...
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What can I do for my turtle that fell down three floors?

We were moving house so we dismantled the turtles aquarium and went to the new location. However, when we placed the turtle out on the balcony to bask in the sun while we cleaned up the house and set ...
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Is this turtle tank too dirty?

My sister got two turtles a while back, and it was great at first. Though now it seems it's too much for her to properly take care of them. Their tank is very dirty, though she claims they like that. ...
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How safe is it to dress up a turtle?

I keep seeing pictures of pet turtles in various knitted costumes (so far I have seen a turtle dressed as a hamburger, and as a dinosaur), and while these are really cute, I wonder, are they okay for ...
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Could my RES be egg bound?

I rescued a female 9 year old RES from a highschool 2 years ago. I just started working in the school and found her living in a science room in a small tank with no working filter or any lights! ...
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What's an appropriate diet for a small river turtle?

I got my little brother a small river turtle, and I would like to know what it eats. It's somewhat relatively fast, longish slim tail, seems to be energetic, but I'm not sure what it eats. Any idea?...
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How can one care for a small snapping turtle?

My friend has recently acquired a snapping turtle no smaller than a couple of inches long and we are wondering what we can feed it. Since it is so small we figured that we should be careful with what ...
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Why would my yellow-bellied sliders completely reject light and dryness?

I have two yellow-bellied sliders (Trachemys scripta scripta). The water is more than 6cm tall, the aquarium is 50cm x 30cm and the turtles are like 7cm long. The aquarium is indoor. They have semi-...
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How can I stop my turtle from eating my pet goldfish?

I had two turtles (male and female) and five goldfish in one 2.5 x 1.5 ft (around 46 x 61 cm) aquarium, which was filled with water up to 1 ft (around 30 cm) height. I fed all of them once a day, ...
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What is the difference between a tortoise and a turtle?

I've noticed that both are quite often called the other (turtles being called tortoises and tortoises being called turtles). Just in case there is some confusion, could someone clarify what makes a ...
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Will it be okay for me to get a kitten when I already have two turtles?

We have a couple young pond sliders (carapaces are 12 and 9 cm long). They live in an open area which is quite accessible: a flat water container in our terrace with a basking area. When we are at ...
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My turtle is pregnant what do I do?

I recently got a turtle at the pet store for free because she is to large to fit in their tank after someone left her there. (8 inch shell length) A few days later after we had her She layed an egg ...
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Female turtle unexpectedly laid eggs, what do I do now?

I have recently rescued a female Indian flapshell turtle. I kept it in my tank for few days. I found 9 eggs in my tank today. Can I expect babies from the eggs? How do I need to care for the eggs?
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Are maggots appropriate food for a turtle?

I've got my turtle some dog food to use as an occasional treat for it. I've only gave it once and it didn't even eat from it then. I then covered and left it. After some time I noticed some white ...
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What are these turtles doing?

Every now and then, I find my turtles going to the highest point in their water container with one climbing the other and fully stretching out their heads.They stay this way for quite a while. It is ...
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How can I know how healthy my turtle's shell is?

Recently while giving my turtle some shell scratching I noticed I could press the plastron (bottom part of shell) and carapace (top part of shell) down closer to each other. This mostly only happens ...
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How can I stop food mixture from dissociating in water?

I've been trying a new way of feeding my turtle by mixing a variety of vegetables with chicken and/or prawns. I do so by mincing everything then combining them and crushing them together. I then form ...
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Leaving red-eared sliders for the weekend

I recently began caring for a red-eared slider. It is still young and small, approximately 4 inches in length from the head to tail. I typically feed him dried meal worms daily. I am leaving town from ...
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What is the basic proper aquarium setup for a turtle?

I'm setting up an aquarium for a turtle and have a few inquiries about how to prepare it properly. I want to have not only the proper setup, but also have precautions to avoid the turtle flipping over ...
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Why has my turtle stopped eating carrots?

I'm feeding my river turtle some carrots and in time it stopped eating them. Are there any reasons why, or things I should look out for? Will it affect my turtle's growth rate?
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How can I raise some red earthworms for my turtle?

I've recently attained a culture of about 20-50 red earthworms, and I'm planning to use them to feed my turtle. I'm currently leaving them in a 14 inch * 5 inch * 5 inch deep planting pot, with soil ...
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Why is my turtle refusing to eat anything but dried prawns?

I've been feeding my turtle some dried prawns, corn, carrots, peas, as well as other vegetables and some fruits. Recently the turtle had developed an inclination towards prawns, it would not eat the ...
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Are Terrapins sold in the UK?

I am from the UK and I was wondering if I can get terrapins. i have looked on all the websites of close by pet stores and none of them know where to get them from.
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My turtle's shell flakes off

My red ear slider shell flakes off as clear flakes. What is happening, what do I need to do? I have been using cuttle bone and stepped up his basking.
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How long will it take a Red Eared Slider to lay eggs once she is gravid?

My turtle (Red Eared Slider) is showing signs that it is time for her to lay eggs. She has been running around the tank for a few days and this morning she had dug herself a small hole in the upper ...
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How long will it take for a turtle to get used to a new aquarium?

I've set up an aquarium for my turtle, added the basics I know of. I move my turtle like 4 times a day, 2 times to place it under direct sunlight since I'm yet to find UV-B and UV-A lights. And ...
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How dangerous is the current situation for my turtles?

I have two Red-eared turtles (I was wrong in my former question about them being "trachemys scripta scripta": they are trachemys scripta elegans; don't know whether it makes a significant difference ...
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Painted turtle hit by car!

My painted turtle escaped his outdoor dry enclosure I walked inside for 5 mins and somehow he was in the middle of a super busy street, he isn't bleeding and the only damage to his shell is some nicks ...
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Are frozen foods appropriate for turtles?

I have a small river turtle, and I gathered info that they eat vegetables like peas and carrots. I was wondering if frozen ones(once heated and slightly sliced) are in any way bad or different to the ...
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Traveling across country with red eared slider

My family is moving from Colorado to Alaska which is approximately 60 hours. We plan to stop each night and sleep at a hotel. This will allow us to set up a mini aquarium for him through the night. I ...
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My turtle is acting weirdly. I am worried he could be dying

My turtle occasionally swims around his tank and splashes water everywhere. He flaps his flippers and makes a strange, crooning noise. It looks like he is spasmodic. What should I do?
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Do turtles need direct sunlight?

I'm working on an outside place for my yellow bellied slider and the best location would not get direct sunlight. It's outdoors, facing south (in Europe), but it's covered by an overhang and has some ...
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Red eared slider moving large land items

I have a red eared slider that is approximately 4 years of age, about 7" (17.5 cm) in girth and about 10" (25 cm) in length. It has an above water basking area that is accessed by a ramp. The basking ...
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Is it advisable to “tame” a turtle?

Through my research on turtles, I have stumbled upon a few videos and articles that encourage you to "tame" your turtle or even tell you how to do so. Generally, reptiles are not the most tame pets ...
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Is there any substrate for turtles that avoids the risks of impaction?

I've been reading a lot about impaction in reptiles. Various articles have suggested alternatives that prevent impaction in reptiles, but they've all been about land reptiles. So far all substrate I ...
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Turtle: How do you feed mealworms?

So I've just come into the ownership of a Mexican wood turtle. It's a long story but normally with something like this I'd do a lot of research prior to accepting the responsibility. In this case I ...
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What is the safest way of protecting the plants in my turtles tank?

I have a Common Snapping Turtle who has about a 3 inch carapace, housed in a 40 gallon breeder tank. I like to keep live plants in the tank with her, as it helps with water quality. I am wondering if ...
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Is my turtle's shell changing color a bad sign? [closed]

My turtle's shell was dark when it was younger and as it has grown, its became lighter is that bad?
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How can I reduce my need to do a water change on my turtle's habitat?

Hello turtles masters :) I have 20cm (shield) turtle in 70L of water in aquarium. As a filter I use Repti Clear F350 (276L/hour 6W). I also use ReptoFresh and ReptoSafe. Problem: Even I clean the ...
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Guppies and turtles together?

Since turtles have eaten all of my goldfish, I stopped putting more fish in their aquarium. Now the problem is: today morning I saw too many mosquito larvae on surface of water. Seems like turtles ...
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How to shape a first aid home for an aquatic turtle which I found?

I have found my turtle on the street in summer. Now there was another one asking questions about the same situation. As example: I found an red eared slider alike turtle in northern or middle Europe ...
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Is it possible to keep wild Red Eared Slider as a pet?

My family and I found a turtle crossing our street a few days ago. We took it in and are considering keeping it as a pet for the following reasons: Firstly, we live in a suburban area of Massachusetts ...
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Aquatic turtles bit each other

I've 2 male aquatic red-eared slider turtles and they've lived together in a 50 gallon tank for 6 months. One of the turtles bit the other and hurt his front leg (There is wound on his leg now). How ...
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My 18 year old Musk turtle has some soft areas on his plastron

My 18 year old Musk turtle has some soft areas on his plastron. They also bend a bit. Is this ok? There are no exotic vets in my area so I am not sure what to. He eats dry turtle pellets and he has ...
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Shell of the turtle is progressively darkening

I have one baby red eared slider. I got it a month ago. It's color was green when I got it, but now the shell color has starting become darker and also blackish. I understand that the color changes ...
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My little red eared turtle ate a dead gold fish should I be concerned?

This is my little red eared turtles image eating my pet gold fish which died of natural causes. Should I be worried? Is there anything I should do?