my new RES wont eat

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I just got 4 baby RES. They will not eat anything that i give them. What should i feed them? They are about 1.5 inches and they keep trying to escape. sometimes they don\'t even move at all until i turn on the light and they try to climb up the glass. is this because they want to hybernate or what? what should i do?
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Wow, 4 is a lot! RES don\'t really need to hibernate and babies definetely don\'t hibernate.

Make sure the water and basking area warm enough, babies are very sensitive to water temperature, should be about 80 F. Not sure about basking temp. They also need UV lighting.
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If you just got them, it is normal for them not to eat. They need to adjust to their new environment. When I got mine over a year ago, they didn\'t eat for at least a week. As far as trying to \"escape\", all turtles I have experienced always claw at the glass and appear they want to get out. I think it\'s more of a begging for food. Nothing to be alarmed about.
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What are you trying to feed them. The turtle sticks such as Reptomin are a part of a good diet but are not to be considered the only thing on their diet.

Here are some sites to go and check out some information on diets:
http://www.anapsid.org/reslider.html
http://www.turtlecare.net/food.htm
http://www.chelonia.org/Articles/nutrientanalysis.htm
http://www.chelodina.com/
These will give you a good start on a healthy life for your turtle.
One thing that we do for ours is that we free feed turnip greens, collard greens and the like in the tank for the turtle and just let her eat as she pleases. This is similar to being in the wild and she loves to do it.
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Be sure you have the proper setup. I would check out the buttons above for turtle newbies, care sheets and setup and suplies. These should help you. Usually new turtles wont eat until they adjust to their environment as was stated above and if the temp is too cold they wont either. Be sure the tank is 78-82 degrees and the basking area is 7-10 degrees warmer than the tank.
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