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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How to identify a turtle/tortoise experienced vet?

It is not easy to find a vet, that is experienced in reptiles. Most cat-dog-vets, who have no experience with reptiles, do not admit that they may be uninformed. How could I get knowledge about a vet ...
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Terrapin laying eggs! Help!

So I adopted 2 terrapins 5 days ago. The female 'Babs' layed 2 eggs yesterday (1 crushed and 1 didn't). I've checked her over and she feels like there's another 4 eggs to be layed. I've set up a box ...
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Should a new turtle's shell look like this?

Hey my fellow turtle lovers. I just purchased a baby RES. It's very active and smart for me to own it for only 2 weeks. It's eating here and there, but for the most part moves around freely. It's ...
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Indian flapshell turtle not eating

I have a baby Indian flapshell turtle (Lissemys punctata), around 4-5 months old. I have observed that it has not been consuming its food for the last few days. It is playing fine inside water and ...
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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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What does “eggcrate” mean in the context of a material for a turtle basking area?

I saw this turtle basking tower to buy at amazon and as do-it-yourself-video on youtube: I'd like to build it (I plan to secure it with 4 additional legs, so the weight of my heavy turtle is more ...
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My female Red Eared Slider, as far as I'm guessing, is gravid

So, it's my first time having a pet and it turns out that one of my turtles is a female. I have come to that conclusion after extensive researching and because of her behavior. These days she has ...
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Why is my Female Red Ear Slider laying eggs, and how do I stop it?

We’ve had our Female Red Ear Slider for about 10 years. She’s in a tank that holds 90 gallons currently. Originally, we had little pellet rocks at the bottom of the tank about 2 inches deep. She ...
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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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Sure telltales to tell a terrapin is a yellow-bellied and not a red-eared

I have a yellow bellied slider which I need to transport to another country. YBS are allowed into that country, but it's red eared slider cousins are not. Now my problem is that, when chipped, the vet ...
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How many hours should lights be on for a turtle?

For my turtle I use two bulbs: IR to make nice warm place for my turtle. UV to get vitamin D and kill some bacteria. What time should the bulbs be ON (from - to)?
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Red flesh coming out my turtle's tail

I have two turtles in one tank. Two days ago, one of these turtles got red flesh coming out of its tail and the other one was pulling it out. I removed the hurt turtle from the aquarium and put it ...
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Bleach in turtle tank

We had a terrible outbreak of algae in the turtle tank. I removed the turtle and added bleach to the water to kill the algae. I then siphoned all but about an inch of the water out, put in clean ...
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Are there any species of turtles that won't eat fish?

I have lots of pond fish, from tiny .5" minnow size to large fat goldfish. I want to add some aquatic turtles, but I found the pet store sells goldfish as food for the turtles. Are there any ...
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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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One of my turtles hasn't grown and doesn't eat much, what should I do?

I have 2 red eared sliders in a 20 gallon (76 liters) tank and I got them both 7 months ago. They were both the size of a 50 cent coin (about 3 cm) and the one hasn't grown past that size and only ...
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How long before my red-eared slider lays eggs? Should I force her onto land?

I have 4 adult red-eared sliders, two male and two female. One of my females is definitely carrying eggs. They are in a wonderful outdoor habitat. We did all the research before we built it two ...
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Can Red-eared Sliders lay another set of eggs after already laying a month ago?

Recently, my RES has been constantly splashing and refuses to bask. A month ago she laid eggs. Could there be another set of eggs to be laid?
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I think my female map turtle is trying to lay her eggs in the water

I have two map turtles; one male and another one female. I caught them doing the mating dance and the deeds plenty of times. I got the male from a friend and he was lonely, so about a month later ...
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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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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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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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My red eared slider's shell suddenly get soft

I have 3 month old red eared slider, I observed him yesterday, if we gently press his shell, it's getting pressed, his shell became soft, it's clearly visible and we can see with the naked eye that ...
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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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Turtle laying his head restlessly against glass

I have had a turtle for about 2 weeks now, and today I noticed him laying his head against the glass, which I did not see him do earlier. I am quite new to reptiles and I am a bit worried. I have also ...
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Am I feeding OK for my 6 inch (15 cm) map turtle?

Her pellet food: Her bugco superworms: I currently feed my map turtle 3 worms in the morning and 3 more in the afternoon, like at around 2 to 3 PM, and I also feed her just a little bit of ...
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My female red eared slider's awkward behavior is concerning me

My female red eared slider' has recently been displaying an awkward and concerning behavior. She has been: swimming frantically; being mean (biting anything); hasn't been basking for 4 days; trying ...
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How do I make my turtle happy?

My turtle, Tyler, has recently been getting really sad. He is perfectly healthy. But he is eating slower, and sleeping more - thus he seems sad, which makes me sad! Are there toys that I could buy, ...
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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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A suspicious mark on turtle's nose [closed]

I just noticed a suspicious-looking mark on my turtle's nose today, and I’m not sure what the cause is. I tried wiping it off and nothing happened Could someone let me know what it is and whether I ...
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Is it okay if I put my turtle a UVC light instead of UVB?

I have an AW UVC 9W light bulb and I’m not quite sure if this is the right lighting for my red eared slider. The bulb can be put underwater to prevent any harm to the eyes or skin. Will this UVC light ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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Gravid female red eared slider

So it's the time of the year where last year on April 29,2019 my female red eared slider who is turning 4 soon layed her eggs but this time she hasn't. I moved her to her nesting area today (29th ...
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How can I improve my DIY turtle food?

So I've concocted a food recipe for my turtle, and I want to make sure I have not missed or over added anything, below is a list of the constituents: raw chicken turtle sticks some paprika 5 peas 3 ...
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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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Caring for a red eared slider (terrapin) that fell from a height

Our red eared slider (RES) fell down from slightly above table height, not sure when she fell exactly, might have been a few hours ago. There's a small crack on her bottom shell near where the tail is ...
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How often do female redeared sliders need to lay eggs?

I've had my turtle for a very long time now and thought it was a male the whole time. I was told by a vet it was a male. Anyways about a month ago she laid eggs outside while I was cleaning her tank. ...
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I have a red eared slider turtle. My turtle wont grow

My red eared slider turtle won't grow. I've had my turtle for 10 months. It's about 2 inches. Also, the bottom shell is soft and squishy. Please help. I want to help my turtle.
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Red ear slider female

Red ear slider 18 yr female, for the first time, has a black tube extended, at times 1 & 1/2 ins. Long, under her tail w/ 4 items gathered at its end. Are they eggs & what can we do to help ...
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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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Red eared slider laying eggs into the water

6 months ago I rescued two red eared sliders that had been abandoned by their previous owner. A couple of weeks ago one of my new turtles started laying eggs. After doing some quick research I've ...
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What could I use to clean limescale off of tank glass?

My turtle tank is half of its height filled with water. Where the filtered water falls from the pipe into the water, there is a lot of limescale on the glass. What tools (sponge, brush...) could I ...
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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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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?