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Aquatic shelled reptiles, commonly kept in tanks or ponds; as opposed to land dwelling [tag:tortoises]

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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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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 long before my redeared slider she lays eggs? Should I force her onto land?

I have 4 adult redeared sliders, two male and two female. One of my females is definately carrying eggs. They are in a wonderful outdoor habitat. We did all the research before we built it two ...
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What turtle aquarium substrate suits for “filtration” bacteria?

I would like to have better filtration and I was informed that bacteria which I add to water can live longer and grow in proper substrate. I would like to have also plants, but they have no chance to ...
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My turtle fell from fifth floor, almost 40 ft [duplicate]

I kept it at the window side for basking and it jumped off. When I went down it was walking, but was bleeding near the mouth. Now, I keep it in water and it looks like bleeding has stopped. It is ...
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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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Red eared slider moving large land items

I have a red eared slider approximately 4 years of age, about 7" in girth and about 10" in length. It has an above water basking area that is accessed by a ramp. The basking area has three flat rocks ...
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Is the white spot disease from gold fish contagious for turtles?

Sadly, a few sets of gold fish have died continuously due to a sudden infection of the white spot disease that has contaminated the tank. I was looking to place my turtles in that tank as they are ...
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Chinese Striped-neck turtle above water

My brother recently bought a Chinese Striped-neck turtle, and he wants to know for how long can it be out of water. Can you guys help me out? Thanks in forward, Roberto
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My turtle doesn't eat

I am worried about one of my turtles (Red-eared turtles). They are almost 2 years (or perhaps 2 years) old. One of my turtles does not want to eat. The other eats normally. That makes me discard ...
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Determine the sex of indian flapshell turtle

I have brought an Indian flapshell turtle at my home but I am unaware regarding its sex So please help me to find the gender of my pet
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How to care for Indian Flapshell Turtle

I gave recently found a indian flpashell turtle on road side and hence I have brought it home. So please guide me about how to treat him and food and how Shall I keep him in water or Land
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Is Indian Flapshell Poisonous

I have one Indian Flap shell turtle in my home. Is it a poisonous pet? I'm concerned if it bites children (or even adults). What is the risk to my family?
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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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I think my slider turtle is sick

I have a red ear slider that is less than one year old. After the last tank cleaning he is less active and staying in corners of the tank nose first. He isn't eating much and isn't that active. I ...
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How much space do turtles need?

I like turtles, but I don't know a lot about them. I'd love to have one as a pet, but I want to do my research first, so I can give my pet the best home possible. I have an old fish tank I could ...
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How do I get rid of bleach smell in my turtle aquarium?

I had snails in a turtle aquarium. To clean the aquarium, I bleached it and then boiled it. Afterward, I rinsed it 3 more times but it still smelled like bleach. I put in 1 fish but it died. Is there ...
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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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Will my turtle eat the goldfish in my pond?

We have a pond in my backyard, where we have close to 50-60 medium-size goldfish. The goldfish have grown quite a bit since they've been in the pond, the youngest being about 3 inches, the oldest 4 ...
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My turtle Cracked his chest

We took the turtle out of his tank for a second. and he ran off the bench so quickly that we couldn't catch his fall. Fell on the floor, cracking his chest. I'm trying to take him to the vet but they'...
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Is my red eared slider eggbound?

My female red eared slider has been showing signs that she wants to lay eggs for the past week, with a small appetite, wanting to leave her home, and is constantly digging with her legs. Because of ...
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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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Red flesh coming out my turtle's tail

I have two turtles in one tank. One of these turtle, day before yesterday got red flesh coming out of its tail, other one was pulling it out. I removed the hurt turtle from the aquarium and put it ...
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My ishigame looked like he was about to vomit?

I have a 3.5 year old ishigame (Japanese pond turtle). He's always very expressive so it's easy to tell how he feels. He's also always extremely friendly towards me. Tonight I heard a strange squeak ...
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I came home from work and one of my turtles was missing a foot. What should I do?

It looked like the largest one was keen for a while, because he gave them love bites. I read online that was normal but today I noticed the whole foot was gone. They're Murray river turtles, and ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Could my RES be egg bound?

I rescued a female 9yr 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! Anyhow,...
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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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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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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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What are some safe sand sifters and residue eaters for my turtle?

Sand sifters are animals that move the sand bed, and the latter eat remaining food matter that fell down to the substrate, keeping in mind an animal can be both. Since I'm intending to add some ...
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How can I improve my DIY turtle food?

So Ive 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: chicken(raw) turtle sticks some paprika 5 peas 3 ...
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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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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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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 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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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 do I feed a turtle foods that don't float?

I have a small turtle, and I feed it a variety of food including boiled chicken, slugs, earthworms, and vegetables. I've recently upgraded its aquarium and added substrate and made it deeper. I'm ...
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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 aren't my turtles producing eggs? [closed]

I have two turtles, one male and another female, (I've identified the female by her more sloping back). There are 4 golden fish too in the tank with them. It's been around 5 years since I brought ...
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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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How can I stop my turtle from eating my pet goldfish?

I had two turtles (male and female) and five golden fish in one 2.5x1.5 aquarium, which was filled with water up to 1 ft height. I fed all of them once a day, everyday in morning with protein Toya ...
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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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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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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 ...