2 brand new newborn turtles?? support next to food?
how long until they will start eating? should i offer them daily?
i freshly got them yesterday afternoon 11/9 they so far refused to eat pellet and bloodworms and shrimp
they are probably a little shy, and if they are babies it's central for them to get fed often!
For their needed protein and calcium drop 20 or so feeder guppies, goldfish or minnows surrounded by the tank and watch them disappear in a few days! When I get these two 36 yrs ago all we had in rear legs then were goldfish to feed , so after 36 yrs and still going strong. They can put away goldfish!
They can have garden worms, meal worms, snails, crickets, flies, crayfish small frogs, slugs, tadpoles dragon flies and anything that moves, but only as a treat.
Remember 10 gallons for every inch of turtle. I hold used kiddy pools and plastic pond liners from most nurseries and now a 150 gal pond.
They are the coolest. Not cuddly pets at all. And a go time commitment.
Sliders, cooters , painted, map, yellow bellied all are basically like and require the same basic care.
This channel when they swim for their dinner they get exercise also! TOSS in a bird cuttle bone in the wet for calcium that will promote better shell growth, it will dissolve real slow and if they eat it that’s fine!!
They entail leafy greens Romaine, Butter lettuce. (Iceberg and cabbage are bad for them, any other leafy greens will do) for vitamin A that they need at least 3 to 4 times a week.
They love grapes and strawberries and squash..
Did you know that they call for to bask under a reptile light UVA/UVB for up to 8 hrs a day for the vitamin D that they call for to grow. So that means getting a turtle dock also.
Leave the heater on 75 to 78 degrees other.
These turtles in captivity do not hibernate their eating may slow down some but they will not hibernate.
These are not cuddly pets and will bite very thoroughly hard.
Under 4" they carry a disease called 'salmonella'. So you must rinse out after every handling. These guys can become cannibalistic and will kill the smallest turtle if there is not plenty room and food.
And my pictures don't lie. All ages and all sizes get along as long as their is allot for swim room and plenty to get through!
Their water needs to be clean otherwise they bring sick easily from dirty water cause they poop allot. You obligation a good filter system!
Total Body length: 5-8" average for males, up to 12 inches max for females. Life span: 15-25+ years
Males have the longer front nails and are used within mating. And are considered mature at about 5 yrs out-of-date. You can’t start sexing till about 3” across.
Gravel larger than they can swallow.
They sleep at the bottom of rivers, streams. lakes or ponds or your tank to avoid predators resembling coyotes, foxes, owls, hawks, possums, raccoons and even some wide mouth bass and us humans.
You probably already know that they get sick easily, shell rot, respiratory sickness, lopsided swimming, coughing, blowing bubbles from their feeler. Fungus white cotton patches on their skin?
**Swollen cloudy eyes which means lacking contained by Vitamin A. Which we all need for good eyes. Google ‘vegetables next to Vitamin A.
Contact the “www.anapsid.org/societies, for a turtle vet / RESCUE in your city and state. I wish you luck.
meat or greens