Looking to adopt for Christmas

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Winston
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Fri Nov 18, 2005 2:30 am

Hello. I am located in eastern Pennsylvania, and I am looking to adopt 2 turtles in time for Christmas (one for me, one for my wife, who has a turtle on her wishlist). I have a few ???s

1)Where is a good place I can adopt or get 2 small/baby turtles from as cheap as possible, and how do I go about it?

2)What is a good type of turtle to get? We'd prefer a turtle that does not get to be too huge, and is fairly easy to maintain/take care of. We've owned hermit crabs for years, so that is our pet history as a couple.

Thank you for any info you can give me!
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Fri Nov 18, 2005 3:59 am

welcome to the board :)

hmm i guess painted turtles are relatively small and good looking. mud turtles also maintain a small size (3 - 4.5"). for price, these come somehow more expensive than sliders so there's some trade-off u'll have to make. check the classifieds in this msg board u might find something good (if still available). some ppl couldn't keep their turtles and are willing to give them away for free.

so good luck and keep us posted :)
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Fri Nov 18, 2005 7:30 pm

You can also check Craigslist for your area -- www.craigslist.org. Try the Pets classifieds, and the Free and General areas under For Sale.

You can also post a Wanted ad but I don't know how well those work.

I got all my turtles from CL -- two were free and one of those included a (way too small) tank. The two babies also came with tank and accessories, and there was an adoption fee for those.

CL is also a great place for tanks and other equipment that people no longer need. It helps if you have a good active section, though -- here in eastern Massachusetts it's quite busy, but not all areas are.

At this time of year I would be very hesitant to get a turtle shipped. I agree that local adoption is the best choice, trustworthy pet store the next.

The thing about turtles, though, is that if they are healthy, they do grow. Even a small species will get to be 5-6 inches, and, needing 10 gallons per inch of turtle, you will need a 55-gallon tank and powerful filter.

Lots of people recommend you start with the big tank and save on buying the intermediate ones. I think that's good advice, though you may find great deals on the intermediate sizes first.

Good luck and keep us posted on what you do!
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Wed Nov 23, 2005 10:26 am

You might also think about only getting one turtle. I bought two last year for Christmas and the female ended up getting very aggressive (biting the male and preventing him from basking)..
Just a thought.
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Wed Nov 23, 2005 10:50 pm

If you decide to get a red ear slider check with local shelters, they usually have an abundance of babies and adults this time of year. This is a good example of a site that offers unwanted turtles:

http://groups.msn.com/TURTLELOVERANCH/a ... imals.msnw

I really feel for these little (and big) guys.
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Fri Nov 25, 2005 3:09 am

yep that's a nice site and u can spend ur money on providing the best setup instead cz the RES's are for free. yeah contact i feel so bad for them too :!: i wish i could adopt a couple of them :?
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