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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-29-2013, 10:20 PM
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Well he's premature so I'm guessing he shouldn't be moving much.

This may seem a little strange, but if you can boil some oak leaves or green tea, let it cool, and use a paint brush to paint the tea water onto his shell, it could help prevent bacteria and fungus from growing on his shell. The tannings in the green tea or oak leaves are antifungal and antibacterial.
That's really the only thing I can think of. :/

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3 lovely male betta still keep me company.
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post #12 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-30-2013, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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I'm sorry guys I tried my best but the little guy didn't make it :(. But, I'm glad to have found this forum and some of the great people on it.
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Awwwww I'm so sorry. I know you tried so hard.

Think of it this way tho... you guys learned a lot this year from this experience. You might better understand the timing and how to dig them up next year. Do you think you were a few days too soon? Would you dig them up in a different method? All things to consider.
It is incredible what we can find on the internet and youtube... someone may have experience exactly what you have, you just have to search.

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Well I think there are like 7 more eggs that are fine and should come out as nice healthy painted turtles. So we will dig them back up when they are ready in a few weeks. But yes I am viewing you guys through turtles.net. Ill be more active when I hopefully get my painted turtle from the batch that's still in the ground.

each year we get a painted turtle from our pond that lays eggs on our lawn. So we have to dig them up when they are ready because the ground is way too hard for the babies. Last year I had to take in about 10 baby painted turtles until next spring to release them but this time I might keep one or two baby painted turtles to keep as a pet. I used to have 2 res but I had to end up releasing them into a good habitat. So since that time I've missed having a turtle in my life to take care of so I hope I can atleast get 1 or 2 of these painted turtles or eventually get another res. They are just so fun to watch and feed and take care of.
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Oh What an awesome experience to have turtle hatchlings on your property. So you have been thru this before! Yes I'm sure even digging them up will loosen the hard ground above them but they will/could still need some help.

I just marvel that something SO TINY can fend for itself in the outdoors and yet we humans can't do it.

Please keep us updated when the big event happens.... Pictures too?

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Ill try my best to get pictures up when they are ready.
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So today we decided to dig up the turtles and 4 healthy eastern painted turtles happened to come out of the nest. How can we properly take care of these baby turtles and one still has a really tiny egg sack on the bottom of his shell. How can we care these turtles?
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Ideally you would want to provide a good sized swimming area with filter and heater, a basking dock or large flat rock to climb out onto and 2 lamps for healthy shells. A UVB light and Heat lamp, both for reptiles.
You can do all this with either a large tank, min 20 gallons, the larger the better. Or a big low rubbermaid type tub... or a small kiddie pool in your basement. There are lots of ways to do this, it depends on budget, space and whether you also have dogs or cats in the house... ie tank needs a cover.

Water temp should be around 75-78 this time of year and kept fairly shallow to start with. You can slowly add more water as they get stronger and more confident swimming. The worst thing can be having them startled and dart to the bottom and not having taken a gulp of air before diving and not having the air or strength to make it to the surface. Also any rocks or ornaments you place with them, make sure there is 1 and a half X the width of their shells in space to get around everything in the tank so they don't get trapped or stuck and drown.

No gravel!! They can ingest it.... bigger river rock or bare bottom tank! Also they eat IN WATER... not on land. They need the water to help them swallow.
Get a pellet that mentions Vit A as it is crucial for healthy eyes. Also find yourself 4 small pans to feed them separately in so that you can tell who is eating and who is not. It also solves any aggression or territory issues during feeding. (If they were aggressive at all.)
Hope this helps you raise them to a decent size to release and not become someone else's dinner.

You know pics are required right?

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alright thanks for the help and i'll try to get pictures up as soon as possible. :)
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