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Second turtle?

Posted: Sun May 23, 2004 4:52 am
by cheers
Hey all,

I\'m seriously concidering getting a second turtle. Pepsi (the RES I have now) is about eight months old and I think it would be great for him to have a buddy (probably a brand new baby RES.

Is there anything I should know about putting two turtles together in the same tank? The tank is big enough for now (40g) and I\'m not worried about anything other then how my first turtle will react to a new turtle.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers

Re: Second turtle?

Posted: Mon May 24, 2004 5:59 pm
by mariza
Although some do get along, turtles are not social animals and can do quite nicely by themselves. So, don\'t base your getting another turtle on thinking that yours needs a \"friend.\" Your 40-gallon tank will quickly be too small--10 gallons of tank per inch of shell length; for two turtles, add the shell lengths together (and add about 20% to make up for the space the basking area takes up) for the appropriate size tank/container two turtles would need. And they will grow, so think the biggest possible. Inadequate space increases the chance of aggression.

A new turtle should be quarantined for at least 90 days to make sure it doesn\'t have anything your turtle could catch. A health check by by a qualified herp vet as well as a fecal check for parasites would also be good. There shouldn\'t be a big difference in sizes--the baby is apt to get bullied or its food hogged if fed together.