/r/turtle

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Your go-to subreddit for all things related to turtle care! --- | ---

Questions & answers, tips & tricks, best practices, things to avoid, and of course... turtley pics of our shelled friends! --- | ---

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Let's help each other help the turts 🐢💚

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  3. No bad advice
  4. Tortoises are turtles too

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Care

Generally, all aquatic turtles need:

  • water: specifically, 10 gallons per 1 inch of shell (per turtle in tank)

  • filter: the water must be clean

  • heater: the water temperature needs to be close to 80 degrees (F) for hatchlings

  • basking dock: turtles need to be able to get completely in and out of their water as they please

  • UVB lighting: this should be placed above the basking dock (turtles WILL get sick without this)

Full aquatic turtle care guide by u/kingrattus

The specific care of different turtles varies. Please do research and heavily consider your decision when getting a pet turtle.


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Are these plastic plants safe for my turtles?

2 Comments
2023/03/09
04:34 UTC

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upgrading my tank into a pond this upcoming week. question I have is I'm looking for a nice canister for around 125 gallon or 150. any ideas? ty much and sorry if this is not allowed, please take this down then.

1 Comment
2023/03/09
02:15 UTC

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Please Help. Received 2 turtles from terrible environments.

My wife coworker recently had a parent pass away who had been keeping a yellow slider and a red eared slider in a shallow tote with no light other then whatever room they were in. I have no idea of their age. They’re both prolly 4” shell length, they now have a temporary set up of a 37 gallon tank and a heat and UVB lamp. The yellow slider has something going on with its foot and seems to be swollen under its shell. I’ll try to find how to post pictures. We have experience with aquatic animals but never turtles. Any help or advice would be GREATLY appreciated.

7 Comments
2023/03/09
01:31 UTC

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Finally caught Sheldon on video using his log to scratch his butt - cracks me up everytime

2 Comments
2023/03/09
00:57 UTC

2

Turtle food

Does anyone know if I'm able to use mazuri herbivore pellet or herbivore pellet for turtles?

0 Comments
2023/03/09
00:35 UTC

9

Set up? (READ COMMENT)

4 Comments
2023/03/09
00:20 UTC

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Hungry Hungry Turtle

4 Comments
2023/03/08
23:33 UTC

3

Thoughts on tank setup? I run an fx4 currently which seems to keep up pretty well with him pretty well. Is there anything I could improve? Looking for a new stand to keep everything on even though this seems fine.

3 Comments
2023/03/08
20:55 UTC

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Does anyone else's turtle like to wedge themselves into places

3 Comments
2023/03/08
20:20 UTC

2

houseplants?

i wanna get a houseplant for my room (not for the tank) but my tank is also in here. are there any houseplants known to release anything toxic or anything that would affect turtles?? probably a long shot asking here as it's a pretty specific question, but if anybody knows anything or has any specific recommendations i'd greatly appreciate it

0 Comments
2023/03/08
19:10 UTC

3

Help with design for above take platform?

I am building an above tank basking spot for my Red Eared Slider. Its going to sit on top of my tank so i can add a little more depth for the turtle as he grows. (Only slightly bigger than a half dollar right now). My design will have a platform for basking leaving ~2in in height between the water level and the flat portion of the platform.

For the ramp that hell crawl up to bask, what material would be best. I imagine wood would rot, but i think it would look far better than plastic. Does anyone have ideas?

2 Comments
2023/03/08
18:48 UTC

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thoughts on my tank? looking for constructive advice

10 Comments
2023/03/08
18:09 UTC

198

Behold the happiest BOI

6 Comments
2023/03/08
18:00 UTC

1

Tips for transporting turtles during a move

I have a RES and he’s fairly old (I’m 20 and I got him when I was 4 and he was already somewhat grown) and I have a year left in college and then am probably moving somewhere with my girlfriend most likely out of state. Knock on wood but he’s never had health issues and shows no signs of growing old any time soon. He is very social and needs attention so I don’t want to leave him to my family in his later years bc he’s always been my pet not theirs. Does anyone have any tips for safe transport especially if it was more then just a days journey. I don’t just wanna put him in a box with holes and I would be willing to set up temporary mini tanks for nught stops if possible. If anyone has done something similar let me know I don’t want him to stress over the journey

8 Comments
2023/03/08
17:51 UTC

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Musk turtle hatchling getting the zoomies after eating a particularly delicious pellet

4 Comments
2023/03/08
17:40 UTC

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My turtle was stuck upside down in the water for about 15seconds. Danger?

Hello, I just discovered there was a stupid angle between my ramp and my filter (moved them apart from each other now) where my turtle managed to get stuck. I noticed this almost immediately. It stayed upside down with its head in the water for what I assume to be 15 seconds.

Do you think it'll be ok? It was very scared but still ate afterwards. Is there any change water got in its lungs? Is there any way to check at home?

(2.5year old chinese golden thread, 2.3 in shell length)

6 Comments
2023/03/08
14:39 UTC

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My turtle got a grey spot here. Can't tell what it is. Is he fine?

2 Comments
2023/03/08
08:59 UTC

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this is my baby liz; she’s turning 10 in april 🥺 i got her at a local street festival when she was the size of a quarter (very illegal i know but i was young and didn’t understand at the time) she responds to her name and will follow me anywhere. i love her so much 🤍

1 Comment
2023/03/08
00:30 UTC

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Best Filter For Indoor Pond?

Im making an indoor ‘pond’ for my Yellow belly slider with one of those pond liners. It’s going to be about 150 gallons but I’m not sure of what type of filter would be the best for it.

2 Comments
2023/03/07
21:34 UTC

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Can y’all help me as to what to do with the water. I just added some sand to it and emptied the tank twice but it’s still cloudy.

11 Comments
2023/03/08
03:46 UTC

2

When to move my baby

Right now my baby red slider is in a 20 gallon (only filled to 10 so a 10g). I just measured him yesterday and he’s already grown 🥺🥺. He was less than an inch and is now an inch and a half. He’s gonna be two months this month. I bought him a 150 gallon so I can get it set up and stuff. I’m sure he probably won’t get in there until he’s at least a year, but what do you guys think?

6 Comments
2023/03/08
03:26 UTC

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