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by shelngav
Wed Jul 28, 2004 10:40 am
Forum: Non - Animal Related Topics
Topic: GETTING WORSE
Replies: 7
Views: 1083

Re: Re: GETTING WORSE

That\'s not stupid, epoxy is a type of glue. There are 2 parts you mix together to activate it. I would do this as a last resort only. That just sounds scary. But if the shell is actually cracked this would secure it back together for the turtle, as I am sure a cracked shell must be painful when mov...
by shelngav
Wed Jul 28, 2004 10:36 am
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: moving...
Replies: 4
Views: 816

Re: moving...

I would move the tank last. You can put towels in a box and put them in it. I do that when I clean the tank. Mine likes to hide under the towel and it feels safer there. They will be fine for that short of a time. It sometimes takes me a couple hours to clean my tank so they will be fine without wat...
by shelngav
Wed Jul 28, 2004 10:30 am
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: TURTLE KILLERS!!
Replies: 13
Views: 2236

Re: TURTLE KILLERS!!

I think a majority of us bought illegal turtles unknowingly and have since learned a great deal about them, no thanks to the ones selling them. Most of them know nothing about RES and often tell lies or unknowingly tell false info to buyers, like they will stay that size. I\'m glad to see so many wh...
by shelngav
Wed Jul 28, 2004 12:17 am
Forum: Non - Animal Related Topics
Topic: GETTING WORSE
Replies: 7
Views: 1083

Re: GETTING WORSE

It is really sad that parents allow kids to have pets that they are not prepared to care for. Turtles are a big commitment, they can live 30-50 years. Like I said, if you can not convince her to take it to the vet...maybe you could do work to work off the vet bill, then read http://www.allturtles.co...
by shelngav
Wed Jul 28, 2004 12:13 am
Forum: Non - Animal Related Topics
Topic: question about the site
Replies: 1
Views: 698

Re: question about the site

dunno, maybe it is something with your \'puter. I have never had that problem.
by shelngav
Tue Jul 27, 2004 6:38 pm
Forum: Non - Animal Related Topics
Topic: GETTING WORSE
Replies: 7
Views: 1083

Re: GETTING WORSE

I think I posted about this before. Sounds like you should get him to the vet. The care sheet link above I believe has some suggestions for care of damaged shells. You may want to check that out too. Sounds like there may be something else going on as well.
by shelngav
Tue Jul 27, 2004 6:36 pm
Forum: Non - Animal Related Topics
Topic: a second nose!?
Replies: 5
Views: 872

Re: a second nose!?

I have never seen this, but it sounds like you have very very young babies and that is the egg tooth. This will fall off eventually. They use it to get out of the shell when they hatch.
by shelngav
Tue Jul 27, 2004 6:34 pm
Forum: Turtle Indoor Setups
Topic: tank dilema
Replies: 9
Views: 1993

Re: tank dilema

Depends on the size and where you live and what store you go to. I know for a 50 gal it couldnt be more than 20.00.
by shelngav
Tue Jul 27, 2004 6:31 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: kinda concerned
Replies: 2
Views: 553

Re: kinda concerned

It\'s probably ok, but you may want to be sure the water isn\'t too cold. Be sure it is about 75.
by shelngav
Tue Jul 27, 2004 1:58 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: My turtles need help!
Replies: 3
Views: 807

Re: My turtles need help!

Ok, the tank first. IF it was a cloudy whitish looking water...that is normal. It often happens with a water change and some recommend not doing a full water change because then it lacks the good bacteria that has built up. That is why I have a filter that has a biofilter, so it keeps the bacteria w...
by shelngav
Tue Jul 27, 2004 1:53 pm
Forum: Turtle/Tortoise Breeding
Topic: breeders by peoria illinois
Replies: 1
Views: 849

Re: breeders by peoria illinois

Here is a link to check out and see what you might find.
http://www.turtlehomes.org/usa/orgs.shtml
by shelngav
Tue Jul 27, 2004 2:41 am
Forum: Turtle Indoor Setups
Topic: 50 gal
Replies: 2
Views: 832

Re: 50 gal

See your last post, I commented on this.
smashin wrote:
Will a 50 gal tank be enough for a RES or will I need to purchase a bigger one later on??????????????
by shelngav
Tue Jul 27, 2004 2:41 am
Forum: Turtle Indoor Setups
Topic: rubbermaid size
Replies: 7
Views: 1390

Re: rubbermaid size

You may need a bigger one later on. Males turtles tend to get about 7 inches (so that would equal 70 gal.) and females can get to 10 inches (so 100 gal). You are good for now and that was a great deal you found!
by shelngav
Tue Jul 27, 2004 2:39 am
Forum: Turtle Indoor Setups
Topic: hanging around in the cave to much
Replies: 2
Views: 1101

Re: hanging around in the cave to much

They are still scared of you. Dont worry, it will get better and once they feel more secure they will not run all the time. Mine is fine in the water, but when it is basking sometimes it will bolt off the island if we move suddenly or walk by, but not all the time. They feel more comfortable in the ...
by shelngav
Tue Jul 27, 2004 2:37 am
Forum: Turtle Indoor Setups
Topic: tank dilema
Replies: 9
Views: 1993

Re: Re: tank dilema

Wow that\'s cool! I wish I had gotten a deal like that on mine. I couldn\'t find one and paid about 100.00 for mine.
slidersroc wrote:
i got a great deal on a 55 g tank at a salvation army only 45 bucks, went on half price sale after 3:00. stayed there waiting for an hour to get the discount:)
by shelngav
Tue Jul 27, 2004 2:35 am
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: OMG I thought I killed my baby painted...
Replies: 1
Views: 669

Re: OMG I thought I killed my baby painted...

I dont know how much info this site has on other turtles because I have only been interested in the RES. If you check out the links above for turtle newbie, care sheets and setup, it will get you started. I knew nothing about mine until after I got it and brought it home. I found this site and some ...
by shelngav
Tue Jul 27, 2004 2:30 am
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: i need help real bad!!!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 894

Re: Re: i need help real bad!!!!!

Becareful because the first vet I took mine to said the same thing. I knew better and took him to another vet that gave him the shots and he began getting better within 3 days. Becareful because respiratory infections are a BIG killer of baby turtles. Keep an eye on it and dont wait too long. clover...
by shelngav
Tue Jul 27, 2004 2:25 am
Forum: What Type of Turtle/Tortoise do I have?
Topic: what kind of turtle do i have
Replies: 5
Views: 1608

Re: what kind of turtle do i have

Sorry, it was hard to tell from the photos and I thought the sharp point along the back was more than mine had. I think the question about how they grow is the same for all the turtles. It depends a lot on many things. Be sure it has the proper setup, and be sure to feed it the correct amount, not t...
by shelngav
Tue Jul 27, 2004 2:21 am
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: worried about germs
Replies: 2
Views: 521

Re: worried about germs

If you have a good filter and the proper setup you should be fine, unless one of them gets sick. Then you should seperate them and clean out the tank about every other day. Mine also wakes when I turn on the light. That is why it is good to have them in an area that they wont be disturbed too much w...
by shelngav
Tue Jul 27, 2004 2:19 am
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: TURTLE KILLERS!!
Replies: 13
Views: 2236

Re: TURTLE KILLERS!!

It is NOT legal anywhere in the US, UNLESS they are sold for educational purposes only. I would check out the FDA and Fish and Game Wildlife to see what can be done as well as report them to the SPCA. The reason they became illegal to sell under 4inches was because in the 70\'s children would play w...
by shelngav
Tue Jul 27, 2004 2:15 am
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: turtles and algea eaters
Replies: 4
Views: 960

Re: Re: turtles and algea eaters

It is NOT recommended to use these products with your turtle. You can get snails, plecos and other algae eating aquarium mates, however do not be surprised no matter how big they are that your turtle eventually might eat them. I usually have to change my tank once a week due to algae making it look ...
by shelngav
Tue Jul 27, 2004 2:10 am
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: heaters
Replies: 4
Views: 730

Re: heaters

To be sure you have the proper setup check out the links above on setup. The other links have good info as well and also discuss hibernation.
by shelngav
Tue Jul 27, 2004 1:30 am
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: gravel??
Replies: 10
Views: 1640

Re: gravel??

Scuttle, becareful....mine didn\'t mess with the river rocks at first, which are a little bigger and later on it began eating them.
by shelngav
Mon Jul 26, 2004 7:03 am
Forum: What Type of Turtle/Tortoise do I have?
Topic: what kind of turtle do i have
Replies: 5
Views: 1608

Re: what kind of turtle do i have

It looks like a slider, which is what most of us have on here. I urge you to research to be sure you are caring properly for it. Check out the links above for turtle newbie, care sheets, and setup so that you have what it needs to survive. These are a lifetime commitment as they can live 30-50 years...
by shelngav
Mon Jul 26, 2004 7:00 am
Forum: Turtle/Tortoise Breeding
Topic: help, opinions are great
Replies: 2
Views: 837

Re: help, opinions are great

This is from the care sheets link above: Be responsible! To begin, you need to have at least a pair of sexually mature turtles. That means the female is at least five years old, and the male is at least three years old. They must be healthy. If your turtles are new, wait until after you have had the...
by shelngav
Mon Jul 26, 2004 6:59 am
Forum: Non - Animal Related Topics
Topic: HELP
Replies: 2
Views: 638

Re: HELP

IF the rocks are sharp they can cut their shells climbing over them. I would be sure the shell stays hard and that your turtle gets out to bask so that it doesnt rot. I also would check out the links above. I think it is the care sheets that might tell how to care for damaged shells. It just depends...
by shelngav
Mon Jul 26, 2004 6:56 am
Forum: Turtle Indoor Setups
Topic: rubbermaid
Replies: 2
Views: 755

Re: rubbermaid

Yes, there are a few on here that do it. You still need the proper setup with water, basking area, heater and lighting, just as you would in a regular tank. Mariza might be able to help you with this as I am not sure how they set it all up.
by shelngav
Mon Jul 26, 2004 6:55 am
Forum: Turtle Indoor Setups
Topic: tank dilema
Replies: 9
Views: 1993

Re: tank dilema

You can watch for yard sales or in the paper for used tanks. I would also try places like Salvation Army or Goodwill. I dont know about your area, but also you could put in freecycle on google and see if you have a freecycle group in your area. These are people that have items they no longer want an...
by shelngav
Mon Jul 26, 2004 6:52 am
Forum: Turtle Indoor Setups
Topic: size
Replies: 2
Views: 852

Re: size

Males typically become about 7 inches and females 10 inches. This obviously will vary some. They also live 30-50 years.
by shelngav
Mon Jul 26, 2004 6:50 am
Forum: Turtle Indoor Setups
Topic: rubbermaid size
Replies: 7
Views: 1390

Re: rubbermaid size

They often tell their size by gals or quarts. The rule of thumb for water turtles is 10 gals for every inch of shell. So if your turtle is 3 inches it should have a 30 gal container. I wouldnt get one that just fits, as they will grow and you will be back getting another before you know it. I dont k...
by shelngav
Mon Jul 26, 2004 6:49 am
Forum: Turtle Indoor Setups
Topic: Cleaning the tank
Replies: 23
Views: 2672

Re: Cleaning the tank

Depending on how big your tank is...I have a 50 gal tank now and the siphon is useless. I have changed to using a wet/dry vac. I remove my turtle of course before hand. Then after all the water is gone I scrub down the tank. I refill it with a garden hose most of the way and then add water I have he...
by shelngav
Mon Jul 26, 2004 6:46 am
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: ***HELP!!!***
Replies: 15
Views: 1985

Re: ***HELP!!!***

Those who sell these are selling them illegally and they want people to think they will stay small and cute. However, that is NOT the truth. Males can get up to 7 inches and females 10 inches. They are a lifetime commitment living 30-50 years! You will need to continue to provide a tank or container...
by shelngav
Mon Jul 26, 2004 6:42 am
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: i need help real bad!!!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 894

Re: i need help real bad!!!!!

It sounds like it has a respiratory infection. Mine had one and I ended up taking it to the vet. They gave a series of 5 shots. We went every other day. On the day it got the shot I changed the tank water to rid it of the infection. You have to get a new heater. Keep the temp at 82-85 so the turtle ...
by shelngav
Mon Jul 26, 2004 6:36 am
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: How Much is Too Much??
Replies: 1
Views: 477

Re: How Much is Too Much??

First you need to feed them in the day so they can use the basking light to digest their food. I would feed them in the morning first thing. Then, as far as reptomin goes, feed only the amount that will fit in their head (not neck too). The romaine you can leave a leaf in the tank and let it float. ...
by shelngav
Sat Jul 24, 2004 12:28 am
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: why???
Replies: 3
Views: 683

Re: why???

As babies they tend to be more carnivorous than vegetarian. Mine didnt eat much veggies either, so mostly I fed it reptomin baby. This is fine. Finally now that it is almost a year it is eating more veggies. It wouldnt even touch the cuttlebone at first either and I had to buy powder calcium to coat...
by shelngav
Sat Jul 24, 2004 12:20 am
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: why not basking????
Replies: 2
Views: 599

Re: why not basking????

by shelngav
Fri Jul 23, 2004 11:20 am
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: lost red eared slider
Replies: 6
Views: 1339

Re: lost red eared slider

I dont know how long they can be without water. The biggest concern with that is dehydration. You might want to put out a plate with water and some cat food. The smelly food might attract the turtle and entice it to come out. I hope you dont have any indoor pets like cats or dogs. Good luck!
by shelngav
Fri Jul 23, 2004 11:18 am
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: weird looking shell
Replies: 14
Views: 1157

Re: weird looking shell

I dont think so, but more of a concern would be is she too fat? Be sure she isnt bulging and cant pull her arms and legs in. I wouldn\'t worry, just keep an eye on that shell and keep checking to be sure it stays hard. If there was damage done from before, it takes time for it to be corrected. The p...
by shelngav
Fri Jul 23, 2004 11:15 am
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: Freeze Dried Earthworms
Replies: 3
Views: 838

Re: Freeze Dried Earthworms

I\'m sure they will love them. Just becareful not to feed them protein too often.
by shelngav
Fri Jul 23, 2004 11:14 am
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: feeding at night?
Replies: 4
Views: 895

Re: feeding at night?

It is better not to do that because they need the light to help digest the food. I would feed them before you leave so they can properly digest the food. Great question!