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Old 08-28-2015, 08:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Anyone own a pet turtle?

Beside Full Metal who else own a pet turtle here? Would love to see pictures of the little guy.

Turtles are one of the things I always wanted in my room. I have a small table in the corner that could fit a small aquarium or bowl.
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Old 08-28-2015, 08:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I own four turtles who I am training to fight crime. Their names are Leo, Mike, Raph, and Don. They each have their own distinct personalities and enjoy pizza. For some reason, they can't stand feet. I mean they really dislike them.
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I don't own a pet turtle. But I do own a murderous turtle.

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I used to have a red-eared slider (a water turtle)- he was a cool pet but a pretty stupid animal and his aquarium required cleaning literally twice a week. I have friends that got box turtles as kids and I think they both still have them- they are a much cooler, smarter (recognize their owners), and much less upkeep. If you are seriously considering one, go for a box turtle but keep in mind they could outlive you
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Old 08-28-2015, 09:07 PM   #6 (permalink)
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All I can ask of you:

Do your research. Over 95% of pet turtles die during year one because of neglect and poor husbandry. You will need a large tank, powerful filter with frequent media changes, proper food/vitamins/Lighting and a willingness to do frequent water changed. Even with a powerful canister filter I must vacuum the gravel often. Turtles are messy.

Our 13-year old RES is in a 150/gallon tank with haul out spot for basking. She is very intelligent. She loves watermelon and gets excited when I enter the house with one before it is even cut.

The tank will need to be upgraded soon. Likely a 250-300 gallon (yes, for a single turtle.) I do hope to one day provide her a protected pond outdoors.

I would not recommend a RES because of size and needs. If you want a small aquatic turtle research spotted turtles.

Again, no impulse buys. Of the 100s of millions of RES that were hatched annually at their peak and sold with a fish bowl over 99.9% died during year one. They are no longer legal.pets in Florida. Ours is grandfathered in.

We also have a rescue Florida box turtle. And an adult box turtle that found the cat food dish last year and now lives under our porch. She comes out to eat twice a day. She often waits at the dish for food to be served.

Species I would recommend for a beginner who has done all of their homework:
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Some may not be legal to keep if you live in their native range. Diamondbacks are limited to two in some states.
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All I can ask of you:

Do your research. Over 95% of pet turtles die during year one because of neglect and poor husbandry. You will need a large tank, powerful filter with frequent media changes, proper food/vitamins/Lighting and a willingness to do frequent water changed. Even with a powerful canister filter I must vacuum the gravel often. Turtles are messy.

Our 13-year old RES is in a 150/gallon tank with haul out spot for basking. She is very intelligent. She loves watermelon and gets excited when I enter the house with one before it is even cut.

The tank will need to be upgraded soon. Likely a 250-300 gallon (yes, for a single turtle.) I do hope to one day provide her a protected pond outdoors.

I would not recommend a RES because of size and needs. If you want a small aquatic turtle research spotted turtles.

Again, no impulse buys. Of the 100s of millions of RES that were hatched annually at their peak and sold with a fish bowl over 99.9% died during year one. They are no longer legal.pets in Florida. Ours is grandfathered in.

We also have a rescue Florida box turtle. And an adult box turtle that found the cat food dish last year and now lives under our porch. She comes out to eat twice a day. She often waits at the dish for food to be served.
The red eared slider.... Will that really outlive you?
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Good info, I will probably get a small one if they exist.
Just something for a shoe box size aquarium.
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The red eared slider.... Will that really outlive you?
I guess if you have one in perfect health. 40-50 years is more likely if properly cared for.

Some birds and tortoises can push well over 100 years. I had a Florida kingsnake that died at age 25.
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I don't have any pictures in Dropbox, that I can find.

Here is the wild box turtle that adopted us. My wife works in sales for speciality dog/cat foods, so we get lots of 'friends.'. This adult female has visited us daily for over a year.
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I have three sulcata tortoises that range from 10 to 75 pounds. Also have about 40 ball pythons that we breed.
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We just got rid of ours last week. Had 2 yellow belly sliders, got them when they were literaly 1 1/2, maybe 2" long. Had then for 4 years got to about 5". My kids didn't do anything for or with them, me and my wife had too clean, feed, buy filters, buy food, water, etc and We just redid son's room and turtles had to go. The good news is they are living the good life! We went over to the Country Club and put them in the small lake on the golf course. There were tons of little tiny fish and also a few other turtles heads popped up.
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Had turtle soup once.
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My granny had a turtle for a long time. She loved that little fella and then released him into the wild one day. Think she's getting dementia cause I don't think turtles survive in Washington.
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I want a turtle. Are they difficult to care for?
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Don't own any but I live out in the country and have a couple of ponds and a creek that run between them so we see turtles quite often. Mostly snapping turtles but also Florida Cooters and Eastern Box Turtles. When I find them in my yard or on the road in front of my house, I just grab my work gloves and pick them up and take them back to the creek. Have found a few baby snapping turtles not much bigger than golf balls after heavy rains which are pretty cute and cool.
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Had one when I was younger. Some smell horrible, so do your research.
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Good for you.....moving along....
Actually you're correct, it was good for me. And GOOD too.
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Actually you're correct, it was good for me. And GOOD too.
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You're very welcome.
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Had one when I was younger. Some smell horrible, so do your research.
This is what I remember from my friend having one growing up.

Kind of funny there is a topic on here for this. (Or maybe that's why I want one)
I have a small cage at my house in my backyard. I keep thinking a turtle in it would be pretty cool.
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I have a yellow belly slider named Squirtle. Guy eats like a champ.
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