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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-13-2016, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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Mississippi Map Turtle Not Eating

I just recently bought a MM Turtle from petsmart a few days ago, and it seems to not be eating. Ive tried feeding it the floating sticks that they fed him at the store but he continues to ignore it along with the lettuce. Are there any foods that he could never refuse? Side note: The turtle is bout 4-5 inches long so its a few years old and I believe its a male.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-19-2016, 09:38 AM
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Hey, sorry it has taken awhile and no one has answered you!

I would go get something smelly or wiggly!! Earth worms would be my first choice!! Show it to him and lure him into the water and release the worm and he should hunt and eat it whole. Or... a piece of shrimp... either fresh from the seafood/deli market at the store cut into tiny pieces or a few small piece cut off of a pre-cooked pink shrimp from your freezer. In this case, put it close to him, allow him to smell it and when interested, get him to follow into the water. All these would be good options. You could also get Meal worms... they are good and wiggly too! Altho I like to neutralize mine a bit by keeping them in the fridge.

Make sure your water temperature is at least 75 degrees or higher. Any lower can cause them to sit in a state where they are preparing to hibernate (estivate) and they will stop eating for this reason as well.

Lastly, could you post a picture of his tank? That might give us some insight. How does your habitat compare with the stores? How long did they have him and was he eating there?
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Hey, So its pushing 11 days since hes eaten and I'm beginning to think about giving him back to the store and just buying maby a baby. I'm more worried about his wellbeing. Ive tried some shrimp that I brought home from fishing, it was still kicking and whatnot but he just continued to ignore it. And now I feel as if hes afraid of the water. I'm trying to get some PH test strips to see if anythings wrong. If he doesn't eat by day 14 (deadline of when I can't return him) should I just return him or continue to keep trying?

Description of the tank: Bottom left- Heater. Left- floating island. Middle- Thermometer. Right- Filter+Rocks+Basking ramp/platform. Upper Right- UVA Basking Light. Top- Regular tank light.

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Good shot of the tank. Now my next question is:... Do Mississippi Map turtles require the same type of habitat that a Paint or RES needs? Lots of sun on a stone and lots of water to swim in? Or are they more of a mud type turtle that prefers more land and doesn't bask? Do you know?

I would call the store ASAP and NOT leave it till the last day. Give them a heads up to the troubles, they may be able to help!

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I did call the store and all they did was recomend trying more of their food products. From what i read that mississippi map turtles and red ear sliders are almost the same
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Are you feeding him EXACTLY what they were feeding him?

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