Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: SJ Newfoundland, Canada
Yellow bellied sounds probably right. My turtle breed knowledge has been flushed it seems...Anyway, he's a cutie.
About him not being able to swim, when I got Stumpy off someone who 'cared' for him the same way that your guy has been : (tiny tank, no water, dirty water, nothing to climb on, etc..) I had to basically 'teach' him how to. Now, if in water your turt is literally struggling-VET. If he has basic foot mobility down, he's able to kick his feet but just dont know how to swim then try this... It worked for Stumpy: Fill the tank to a few inches higher than his standing height and just make sure he has plenty of things to grasp in order to get air. I used like 3-4 of those plastic ladders people give to birds and small rodents. Plus I lined one side with plastic plants that he learned to stand on. Once he gets the hang of that, put live fish or bait in and he has to chase them to eat. If he prefers food that wont move like tasty lettuce or something then move it around the tank to get him moving for it. Then keep increasing the water height probbly over the course of a couple weeks. He should have it by then... If not then as a result of his previous lifestyle he may need to see a vet... Either way, GOOD LUCK and keep us posted!!