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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-31-2009, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
 
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Baby turtle advice

Ok, so I was at my uncles farm in upstate NY and he has a large pond on the property. We were catching turtles and frogs in the pond and when we showed my uncle he insisted I take one home. They have become i huge problem on his farm, constantly eating the fish he is trying to put in and the frogs. First of all I have no idea what kind of turtle she is. I have a couple of guesses but she is sooo tiny. If i could figure out how to put pictures up I would.
I brought her back home with me from NY and I live in GA she is doing fine in my opinion. she swims around and loves the heat lamp and eats plenty. Im using a 10 gallon tank I got at the local pet store to keep her in. If she is the kind of turtle I think she is i know im going to have to get a MUCH larger tank.
I was just wondering a couple of things. How fast does a typical turtle grow? And at what inch size should I move her to a larger tank?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-31-2009, 11:58 AM
 
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What kind of turtle do you think it is? Can you describe it? You have to have 20 posts in order to post pics here. The growth of a turtle depends on what kind of turtle it is.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-31-2009, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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When I took it into the pet store they were guessing maybe a slider of some kind or a painted turtle. ive looked at them and none of them really look like her. The only one I've found that really looks like her is the Eastern Red Bellied Turtle. she looks alot like it and they are found in that area.
I didnt realize that it was illegal... the person at the pet store didnt say anything about it and she was the specialist
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I would hardly think the person at the pet store was a real specialist. But yes in most places it is illegal to catch and keep native/wild animals.





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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-31-2009, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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Oh... ok... well I just found out that the breed is Eastern Painted Turtle...
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-31-2009, 12:56 PM
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You should definatly let it go if you can!
When I was little, I used to catch baby turtles and take care of them for a little while before letting them go... I almost got fined $30,000 for keeping a baby snapper! You should check out the laws on this where you live, and let it go (if its not a native species, give it to a wild life rehabber).



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"For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear.They are not brethen, they are not underlings; they are other nations caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth."
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Thanks Jess! Great Idea! I have a creek on my property but since she isnt native to this area I wouldnt be able to keep her. I thought alot of snappers were becoming endangered?
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Not the one I found. There are tons around here... Its an Alligator Snapping turtle I *think*? Anyway, it was just illeagle to have wild-caught ones. If I had bought it from a Pet store, I could have kept it without a problem.
Anyway, good luck with your lil fella!



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