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

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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.