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Types of Turtles (5 Viewing)
Learn about different types of turtles and the care requirements for different types of turtle species.
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Talk about turtle supplies and the turtle equipment used to make your turtles comfortable.
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Feeding Turtles (3 Viewing)
Discuss what you feed your turtles and how often.
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Turtle Compatibility (3 Viewing)
Discuss creatures your turtle can and cannot live with.
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Sick Turtle (5 Viewing)
Get help for your sick or injured turtle.
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Discuss breeding turtles and turtle reproduction.
by justatwinturbo
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Share pictures of your pet turtle.
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Check out turtle videos here.
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Are you a creative turtle keeper? Share your rendition of your pet turtle and others here.
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04-08-2015 11:24 AM Go to last post
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Recount your favorite turtle tales here.
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A turtle keeper's experience
I am 58 years old and I have a female RES turtle that is 9 years old. We live in warm Los Angeles, California. My female RES turtle's name is Parker. She keeps me company, especially during the spring and summer months. She comes when I call her, if she's interested. She gets exited when I ask her if she would like a shrimp, or fish. I give her these as treats twice a month. Because she roams freely around my apartment, she is able to interact with me. She is about 11" long. She loves having her shell gently scratched, and rubbed with turtle cream, and she likes being held to keep warm. She has laid only 8 eggs to date; I found them in different places of my apartment. One day, I entered the room while she was laying her final egg of the season, and she took it back in, so I left the room so she could finish laying the egg. I went to sit in the living room, and she followed me there, placed her back leg up on my foot, laid the egg, and walked away to rest. I can only imagine why she did this.

Currently she is brumating and will climb into her 5-gallon water box from time to time to eat or sleep. I do not keep her in a tank, and RES turtles are naturally water box trained, i.e. they like to eat and defecate in the water. I keep her water box very clean and the water is changed 2-4 times daily or as needed. I transfer her to the bath tub from time to time, and she is an excellent swimmer. She will alternate from water to a dry dark place she found in my apartment (a towel and throw pillow form a little hut for her to sleep in). In the summer she hangs out in her summer hut (a large 3-door cat carrier), and checks out the neighbors as they walk by my front door. She didn't like being kept in a large 100-gallon dry, water container, and managed to climb out by pushing her towels and half log to the corner, she stood on her tip toes, stretched to reach with her front legs, swung her body and caught her right leg on the top, pulled herself up and dropped to the floor. I watched her do this (she had already perfected this feat). This is why I kept finding her outside her container.

Parker is very friendly and likes cats and dogs. I will take her with me in the summer when I house sit for a friend. She gets along well with these pets. I still supervise them though, because animals can behave like prey or predator and I don't take any chances of Parker getting bit or biting the other pets. One day while letting her outside for sunshine walking in the front lawn of my yard, I noticed she ran over to the ivy-covered cinder block wall. She didn't come out for awhile so I though she was just hiding. When I went over to check on her, I found that she had already climbed about 6 feet straight up the wall. I had to tug and pull at her to let go of the ivy vines she was using to climb.

If she is representative of most RES turtles, then I can say these turtles are very intelligent. They learn to respond to sounds and spoken words, exploit their environment, and try new things. They learn quickly from their mistakes. One way she communicates is by placing her front foot on my foot and gently scratching. This gets my attention. If she wants to be picked up, this is rare, but can happen, she lifts both her front legs and reaches for me to pick her up. I do this while saying, "Up, Up." She also knows when I ask "Down?" She lets me know by stepping on to my opened hands so I can lower her to the floor. One time I lived downtown in an old apartment building and I didn't know the ceiling was leaking in the bathroom where I kept her water box. Parker kept coming to me and "scratching" my foot and then would turn and run towards the bathroom. She repeated this several times before I got up to see what was the matter. As soon as I got up, she ran to her water box with me following. When I got to the bathroom, I watched her looking up to the ceiling, and then I noticed water dripping into her water box. Of course I called the manager right away!

Another way in which RES turtles communicate is by stretching out and vibrating their front legs. Parker is very friendly in the summer months, and she will often vibrate her legs to her reflection in a mirror. One day I was sitting behind her watching, and I extending my arms and wiggled by fingers to simulate the vibrating. She responded by vibrating her front legs again and each time I did this. Finally, she turned around, looked at me and walked over to me, lifted her front legs for me to pick her up. I guess she wanted me to pick her up and hold her.

Parker makes noises or sounds. Huffing through her nostils indicates she is disturbed or stressed. In the water this is seen by small or large bubbles. But on a very rare ocassion, I actually heard her make what sounded like a "squawk" sound. It was loud enough to get my attention, so I stood up to see what it was. As soon as I stood up, Parker ran to the bathroom where I keep her water box, and stood there looking at her water. So I walked over to see what was in her tank. Well, she had been brumating for quite a few weeks and this was her first poop since she came out of her winter hut. Her poop was huge and it must have been stinky, because she wanted her water changed right away. I said "Bath? Parker, bath?". Her response was to go to the bath tub and touch her front leg to the tub.

These are true events that have happened with Parker, and I find them curious and entertaining to know that a small creature such as a turtle can actually communicate or behave in a way that seems to want to interact with the person she has learned to trust and depend on for food and shelter.

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