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post #11 of 43 (permalink) Old 07-11-2009, 03:32 AM
 
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Just a simple question...

I have had my red ear slider for 4 years and never have had this problem but to be on the safe side I would like to know... what happens if he some how gets stuck on his back and I'm not there to flip him back over? I was walking by his tank and he got scared and ended up on his back but I quickly turned him back over. He likes to try and climb up the side of the glass and I'm afraid that one day he will get stuck on his back. Will he live long on his back?
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post #12 of 43 (permalink) Old 07-11-2009, 03:36 PM
 
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Hi Guys, a friend of my moms moved house and left a water turtle with my mom, we've never had a turtle and dont no a thing about its care, the friend was keeping the turtle in a cage suitable for hamsters. what do i need to do, i need pointers quick because i dont want anything bad to happen to the little guy, ive done some research and it looks like either a painted turtle or a slider, can anyone please help me care for this little guy properly, thanks. its about 5 inches, the water doesnt have a heater in it ive been using a heating mat undernearth as make shift, it hasnt got a basking light, just a normal lamp, no uv light either, it has a small area where he can get out of the water, i change the water every couple of hours to maintain heat as im at a loss at what else to do, can someone please please help me.
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post #13 of 43 (permalink) Old 07-11-2009, 04:53 PM
 
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it needs a heater in the water and a filter. the water should be pretty warm but the hotter the water the more they shed their skin. you should also get a water tank. make sure to feed it in the water cause they need the water to swallow the food. i feed mine the sticks and give him fish once in a while. also try and feed him veggies too. its good that it can go from water to land but you should get a heat lamp so it can lay under it while on land. no fake plants cause they can eat them and get sick. if you get rocks for the tank make sure they are bigger then their head so they don't eat them as well. if you get all the things you need for him it will cut back on alot of the time you spend on keeping him happy. I have had mine for over 4 years and he is the greatest pet ive ever had! yes he has cost me a pretty penny but so worth it! if i think of anything else to help you out i will post another reply. good lucky and make sure to give it lots of attention... they love it!!!
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post #14 of 43 (permalink) Old 07-28-2009, 10:52 PM
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KIRBY: A Simple question...

A healthy turtle can right itself when it's upside down by pointing it's nose down to pivot itself right side up.

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post #15 of 43 (permalink) Old 09-19-2009, 09:12 AM
 
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please help please new baby found.

I need assistance,we had a baby found in our back yard I would say she is about 1 1/2inches in length and seems to burry herself we think it is a box turtle, Not sure?
We have not seen her eat.We truly would like to help her!
Can we please have your assistace of what we should be looking for to identify her?
We do live by a waterway and have had 2 other adult turtles in our yard that we have helped to get accross the road to the woods where the stream is.
I want to thank you in advance for any assistance or information you can provide us for our found little one.
Many Thanks again,
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post #16 of 43 (permalink) Old 09-19-2009, 03:52 PM
 
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Answered you in your other post....
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post #17 of 43 (permalink) Old 09-27-2009, 05:31 PM
 
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need assistance with my turtle!

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post #18 of 43 (permalink) Old 09-27-2009, 05:32 PM
 
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Vegas, my turtle

I've had my turtle for about 9 months and he's barely grown any. I use a small filter and a basking light and everything. I clean out my turtle's tank every week, it's been two weeks since i last cleaned out his tank because I've been sick and haven't got around to doing so. My turtle eats like a pig, i'm sure i feed him at most three times a day. He's very greedy and makes a lot of noise in his tank. He's got this grayish white fog type looking clumps on his shell that fall off and it's really gross. I don't know what's wrong with him and i don't know if he's sick or if he's growing. Please help me!! (oh, yeah. and he's a red eared slider, aquatic turtle)
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post #19 of 43 (permalink) Old 09-27-2009, 05:36 PM
 
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I have had my red ear slider for 4 years and never have had this problem but to be on the safe side I would like to know... what happens if he some how gets stuck on his back and I'm not there to flip him back over? I was walking by his tank and he got scared and ended up on his back but I quickly turned him back over. He likes to try and climb up the side of the glass and I'm afraid that one day he will get stuck on his back. Will he live long on his back?

my red eared slider does that A LOT
i used to freak out when he did that but now i've noticed that with a little time he can flip himself back over. So there's nothing to worry about
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post #20 of 43 (permalink) Old 09-27-2009, 10:28 PM
 
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OK can you start a new thread :) in the new thread tell us about your set up and your turtle so we can help you. We need to know how big your turtle is - shell length, how big was he when you got? Need to know how big your tank is, your water temp, basking temp and if he can get all the way out of the water. Also what are you feeding him and does he get calcium? What kind of lighting do you have - uvb/uva? Can you tell us more about your filter?
Sounds like he has shell rot, can you post a picture? heres a site to help resize pics http://www.shrinkpictures.com/
you can look up treatments for shell rot or take him to a vet... if that is what he has it needs to be treated.
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