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painted turtle

Post by alan.. » Sat, 25 Aug 2001 08:37:47



A friend brought me an eastern painted turtle he found along a road.  I
put the turtle in my little pond.  This was Saturday.  So far, I have yet
to see the turtle climb out of the water, either onto the log I put in for
basking or onto one oof the pots with marginal plants.  Should I be
concerned?

There's plenty of anacharis in the pond.  Supposedly, painted turtles will
eat it.  I haven't seen him eat, but I hope he is.  What other foods
should I make available?

Alan

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painted turtle

Post by andy hawkin » Sat, 25 Aug 2001 09:01:43


My dad had a painted turtle in his pond.  We hardly ever saw him.  As soon
as we entered the backyard he would dive down underwater.  I wouldn't worry
to much...  You may want to add some turtle food on occasion...
Quote:

> A friend brought me an eastern painted turtle he found along a road.  I
> put the turtle in my little pond.  This was Saturday.  So far, I have yet
> to see the turtle climb out of the water, either onto the log I put in for
> basking or onto one oof the pots with marginal plants.  Should I be
> concerned?

> There's plenty of anacharis in the pond.  Supposedly, painted turtles will
> eat it.  I haven't seen him eat, but I hope he is.  What other foods
> should I make available?

> Alan

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Post by Cindy Zone » Sat, 25 Aug 2001 13:04:13


Quote:
>A friend brought me an eastern painted turtle he found along a road.  I
>put the turtle in my little pond.  This was Saturday.  So far, I have yet
>to see the turtle climb out of the water, either onto the log I put in for
>basking or onto one oof the pots with marginal plants.  Should I be
>concerned?

Alan, it wouldn't surprise me if he climbed out and took a walk the very first
night.  We lost 2 painted turtles already this year.  Actually 4 if you count
the two babies from last year that died early spring.  Those two stayed in the
pond and survived the winter just fine... but unfortunately I was unaware that
its very common for turtles to get respiratory infections coming out of the
winter.  Before it even got warm enough for them to start to surface I lost
them both.  But I saw them on the bottom alive looking up at me mid March and
was so happy to see they were ok and made it through that bad winter.  This
year the turtles will come inside for the winter so that doesn't happen again.
I was very upset to find them both dead in April.

Anyways we really missed our turtles and checked every store we could find...
finally found two but were much bigger then our babies.  We were so e***d we
put the straight in the pond.  The most friendliest one took a walk the very
***night.  The other 5 days later.  We were lucky to find another and then
also caught 2 at a lake.  This time we kept them in a tank until they got used
to us feeding them.  Thats what we did with the babies last year also and they
never cared about leaving.  The 3 we now have are in the pond and come swimming
over when they see us just like the fish... waiting to be fed.  And thats just
how we like it!!!  So I think if you keep them in a tank and talk to them and
handle them and feel comfortable that they know you will supply them food
before you put them in the pond... you'll have much better luck getting them to
stay.

Even at that... the 3 we have now jump right off turtle island and dive under
when they are basking unless we walk out very quietly and slowly.  But once
they realize we are there they jump off anyways and come swimming over begging
for food!!!  : )

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Post by Kevin Huf » Sun, 26 Aug 2001 02:25:24


Honestly, I would drop him off at a local reservoir or someplace equivalent.
He'll need to be fattening up for hibernation soon.
Quote:

> A friend brought me an eastern painted turtle he found along a road.  I
> put the turtle in my little pond.  This was Saturday.  So far, I have yet
> to see the turtle climb out of the water, either onto the log I put in for
> basking or onto one oof the pots with marginal plants.  Should I be
> concerned?

> There's plenty of anacharis in the pond.  Supposedly, painted turtles will
> eat it.  I haven't seen him eat, but I hope he is.  What other foods
> should I make available?

> Alan

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Post by alan.. » Sun, 26 Aug 2001 08:34:06




Quote:
>Alan, it wouldn't surprise me if he climbed out and took a walk the very
>first night.  We lost 2 painted turtles already this year.  Actually 4 if

He's still in the pond.  I see him every day, but in the water, not
basking.

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>the bottom alive looking up at me mid March and was so happy to see they
>were ok and made it through that bad winter.  This year the turtles will
>come inside for the winter so that doesn't happen again.  I was very
>upset to find them both dead in April.

What do they hibernate in?  There's no gunk or mud on the bottom of my
pond.

Alan

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Post by Paul Jackso » Sun, 26 Aug 2001 09:49:15


Quote:

> A friend brought me an eastern painted turtle he found along a road.  I
> put the turtle in my little pond.  This was Saturday.  So far, I have yet
> to see the turtle climb out of the water, either onto the log I put in for
> basking or onto one oof the pots with marginal plants.  Should I be
> concerned?

> There's plenty of anacharis in the pond.  Supposedly, painted turtles will
> eat it.  I haven't seen him eat, but I hope he is.  What other foods
> should I make available?

> Alan

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My red eared sliders "disapeared" for almost a year! Turtles are shy and
amazingly good at hiding so its hard to say. Actualy we had one die on
us and it climbed out of the water to do it, so maybe your ok.

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