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painted turtles

Post by GrampysGu » Sat, 01 Jun 2002 23:28:42



tell me about them, do they make good pond friends, what do they eat, what does
one do with them in the winter, is it even legal to own one? Oh yeah, how big
do they get??? I have been looking at a couple websites but they are very
vague.
Colleen

P.S. I have a basking rock and a rock beach so he could get out, I am mostly
fenced in and could fix that to keep him from escaping if it came down to it.

 
 
 

painted turtles

Post by K30 » Sun, 02 Jun 2002 00:12:53


Read article in second website listed below....
k30a
how to cure green water
http://hometown.aol.com/k30a/myhomepage/writing.html
herons eating your fish? fancy a turtle? need to bag a bullfrog?
http://hometown.aol.com/k30a/myhomepage/garden.html

 
 
 

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Post by Cindy Zone » Sun, 02 Jun 2002 00:33:05


Well speaking for myself... I love having my little painted turtle in the pond.
 He comes over to eat with the fish so he will eat the floating fish food or if
we can distract the fish... the reptile sticks.  I'm sure he also munches on
some pond plants and roots.  Ours is a little guy so he does get batted around
by the fish as they try to hog all the food but its fun to watch.  We did keep
him in an aquarium for a little while so he got used to us feeding him before
putting him into the pond.

My first time with baby painters I did leave them in the pond for the winter
and they were alive come early spring.  I could see them slowly moving on the
bottom of the pond.  But a few weeks later I saw them both dead and was very
upset especially knowing they lived through the winter.  I was told (I think by
k30a) that it is common for turtles to develop respiratory infections that can
take them out fast... so I assumed thats what happened to my babies and maybe
their young age played into that also.  This winter I kept the one we had
inside in an aquarium because I wasn't going to take any chances.  He is now
back in the pond and loving it.

I think it is illegal to take turtles from the wild in some states but I know
stores will sell painted turtles that are over 3".  We won't be buying any more
ourselves... all 3 we bought last year to replace the babies that died ended up
leaving eventually.  The only one that stayed was the free baby we caught.  My
other turtles are probably living happily in the creek down the street.  Maybe
they will find their way back to my pond this year if the remember we gave them
better food.  :-)

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Post by Grams » Sun, 02 Jun 2002 00:30:02


I'm not sure what painted turtles are but I have 2 Red Eared Sliders.
They are about 12 inchs across.  They are doing very well.  I feed them
cooked chicken & turtle food that I got at Petsmart.  I hear they eat
plants but mine have bothered my water hyacinths yet.
 
 
 

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Post by K30 » Sun, 02 Jun 2002 00:54:32


Hi Cindy,

I'm thinking it was Teresa on the WG board that told you about respiratory
infections. My turtle knowledge is more nature based than turtle keeping based
- last turtle I kept indoors was a looooong time ago (I was about 7 years old
at the time...)

k30a
how to cure green water
http://hometown.aol.com/k30a/myhomepage/writing.html
herons eating your fish? fancy a turtle? need to bag a bullfrog?
http://hometown.aol.com/k30a/myhomepage/garden.html

 
 
 

painted turtles

Post by GrampysGu » Sun, 02 Jun 2002 00:56:45


Quote:

>Read article in second website listed below....
>k30a
>how to cure green water
>http://hometown.aol.com/k30a/myhomepage/writing.html
>herons eating your fish? fancy a turtle? need to bag a bullfrog?
>http://hometown.aol.com/k30a/myhomepage/garden.html

Thanks... betcha thought it would scare me off didn't ya lol, he can have the
fish and plants I have more than enough lol.
Colleen
 
 
 

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Post by GrampysGu » Sun, 02 Jun 2002 20:17:52


Quote:

>Well speaking for myself... I love having my little painted turtle in the
>pond.
> He comes over to eat with the fish so he will eat the floating fish food or
>if
>we can distract the fish... the reptile sticks.  I'm sure he also munches on
>some pond plants and roots.  Ours is a little guy so he does get batted
>around
>by the fish as they try to hog all the food but its fun to watch.  

Well, George/Bill (they can't decide on a name) likes sushi lol, I am going out
today to buy some turtle gnosh and put some of it on the rock it appears he
claimed as his own and go from there. The fish was pretty good sized about 5
inches I am surprised his mouth is so big, he is about 10 or so inches long...
hoping that's full grown, is it???
Colleen
 
 
 

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Post by Grams » Mon, 03 Jun 2002 00:47:08


Ok, I give up.  What are painted turtles & where do you get them?