How can i tell my turtles apart???

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yankeepinstripe
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Mon May 02, 2005 4:57 pm

Hi there..

Need some help. I just got 4 little baby red eared sliders and we were wondering if there was any way to mark them, so my lil one can name then and tell them apart.

thanks!!! :lol:
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Mon May 02, 2005 5:18 pm

You'll see pretty soon that they'll each have their own personalities and markings. Then you probably won't need to mark them.

You might try using fingernail polish (on their shells, not claws :lol: ) or something similar. I dunno if it would do harm or not though. I'd research it a bit more. Maybe call a vet and see if fingernail polish will do any harm.
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Mon May 02, 2005 11:15 pm

Don't mark your turtle with anything, the shell is a living part of the turtle and it will do some damage to the turtle.

Read the following link for info on this subject:
http://www.turtlecare.net/mark.htm

Here is a quote from that link:
Copyright by Valerie Haecky. This document may be freely
distributed for non-profit use, provided this notice is
included.
Here are some ideas on what to do:

* All turtles' shells and markings are unique for indivuduals.
For sliders and many other turtles and tortoises, you can
memorize (or make labeled drawings or photographs), especially
of the plastron (bottom shell).
Many turtles/tortoises have nicks, malformed scutes, color splotches,
scars, or other natural markings that distinguish them from the
rest.

* Use duct tape marked with paint or a marker pen.

* Use a permanent marker and mark the turtle with a very small mark.

* If you are going to use paint, make sure it is non-toxic, and use
as little as possible.

* I wonder how well nail-polish would work. It's non-toxic (since it's
OK to put it in little baby's nails), but it might chip off after a
while. However, any paint will chip, scrape, or grow off after a while.

* Never cut, notch, or drill the shell, since it is living bone.

* Or, best, but hardest: spend a lot of time staring at your turtles,
until you can tell them apart. They ARE all different. (I know, this
is not easy, especially if the turtles are of similar size and live
in a pond where you don't see them a lot. Just thought I had to
mention this...)

This is not much, but maybe it gives you some ideas...


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Tue May 03, 2005 1:18 am

lol i completely understand :lol: ..4 babies at once is not easy..give them some time and u'll notice something different in each one i assure u..then u can name them according to their personalities maybe :)

good luck and tell us when u're done :D
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Tue May 03, 2005 10:22 am

well the good thing is that one is much darker shelled than all the rest .. we named him Palmer. As for the other 3 we are selling sponsprships, so for $50 you get to name one...lol .. hey i am trying to cover some very big unexpected costs.. the good thing and how i got into this is that i had a 55 gallon tank already, but did not realize how much i would need for them. oh well...lol

thanks all for your answers and suggestions!
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Tue May 03, 2005 11:09 am

I reallly wouldn't go by the colors of the shell, if they are young, their color will darken after a while, most turtles (especially sliders) have markings on the bottom of the shell that you can check to be able to distinguish one from the other, maybe take a picture of the patterns for future reference, I will give you an example of the markings:

This is shelly, notice her markings
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This is Dragon
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I hope that helps you out :D

P.S. they are much bigger now, they are both about 3 inches
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Tue May 03, 2005 4:50 pm

is that red bottle dried shrimps? looks like the one i have if it is 8)

lol yeah imagine naming them according to their colors and after a while u get mixed up again :roll:

why don't u post pix and we'll help finding something special in each? :)
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Tue May 03, 2005 4:55 pm

i'm not saying i agree with this at all, just an interesting fact.

i know a kid who painted the backs of his turtles. they are still alive today and healthy as anything.

crazy, if you ask me.
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Wed May 04, 2005 12:16 am

Lucky turtle :D

Dixieee, it was either shrimp or bloodworms. :D, I haven't given them those in months.
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Mon May 09, 2005 1:02 am

dixieee wrote:is that red bottle dried shrimps? looks like the one i have if it is 8)

lol yeah imagine naming them according to their colors and after a while u get mixed up again :roll:

why don't u post pix and we'll help finding something special in each? :)
lol i have those too. lucky wal-mart stocks them over here :)

i let my sis and fiance name my other two turtles. we only have two that are the same species.. but pox is more agressive (like a disease.. she likes to take over everything) and rex thinks he's the king.. and likes to push everyone else out the way.

i'd have to agree with the markings on the plastron.. or just noticing their personality.. every turtle, just like people, looks different from one another.
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Mon May 09, 2005 10:10 am

oh cool finally we have something familiar in here..they usually get german stuff when it comes to turtles so i follow pictures on the cans :roll:
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Sat Nov 19, 2005 6:51 pm

My twins Harry & Lloyd... are almost identical. One has a red stripe on it's head and the other one has a yellow stipe. If they change their colors I will never be able to tell them apart...They are also very clumsy... Named them after Dumb & Dumber... :roll:
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Wed Nov 23, 2005 11:10 pm

I couldn't tell mine apart until they started to grow. We just named them anyway and called them what we thought fit for that moment. :roll: Luckily for me I have one that is a good inch bigger than the other, so it's really easy now. :lol:
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Thu Nov 24, 2005 7:28 am

lol believe me it's easy to find something different. even if not in their size, color, or anything..it could be in their personalities :)
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