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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-19-2016, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Adult YBS refusing to eat and slamming glass.

To start things off, I am new here so I apologize in advance for anything.
I have had my Yellow Bellied Slider(Rupert) for 3 years now. He is currently in a 180 gallon fish tank with some fish that he has lived with for a while. He does not eat the fish, but he loves eating his plants, and raw shrimp. he NEVER passes up shrimp.
About a month ago, i rescued my cousin's baby YBS. They have seemed to get along just fine, the little one even climbs on top of the big one to bask every day.
Well, about 2 weeks ago I started waking up to the big turtle slamming against the glass swimming against it. He has done this every morning since then, and REFUSES to even look at food. Shrimp, pellets, bloodworms.....I tried buying fresh kale and fresh lettuce. The little one is eating everything that Rupert ignores.
He is more active than usual, swimming against the glass, and he is still basking alot. I tried letting him run it off outside, but it didn't seem to help.
I am so frustrated I can't even sleep past 8:30 AM because of him slamming the glass. I would really appreciate any advice I am really upset. Do you think he is mad about the other turtle???
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Are you sure of the sex of both turtles? Is there any aggression to the smaller turtle?

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Are you sure of the sex of both turtles? Is there any aggression to the smaller turtle?
I am questioning their sexes now...
Good news!! He/She finally ate last night after i put anacharis in the tank. He/She is still swimming like crazy against the glass slamming it's shell. He/she wakes me up EVERY MORNING at 9am SLAMMING the glass and is still doing it right now at 2PM.
I have seen the little turtle(1/3 size) swimming upto the bigger one and doing this weird move where he starts wiggling reeeeally fast like a dance and using the front 2 feet to almost scratch the big ones face(thats what it looks like) Neither of them seem upset by this but the big one will just shove him/her away if he/she gets annoyed. Is this a mating ritual or something?
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Yup... the Male "tickles" the female's face with it's feet/nails and is usually the smaller of the 2. Sounds for sure like the smaller one is Male. They also have hugely LONG toe nails front and back. The females are much larger and have short nails both front and back.

So glad to hear he/she is eating again.

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