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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-07-2008, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Got turtles!

So I do an NPR radio show every year where people call in and ask questions about local wildlife, reptiles in particular. The guy who I did the show with this spring is a turtle rescuer. Thursday he brought me some baby red-bellies, Midland painted, and razorback musk turtles. They are great little pets, and the Salmonella scare is greatly exaggerated. I haven't had a turtle sine I was a kid, and am really enjoying these little guys. Most of the pictures came out poorly, but here's a shot of the tank.

I'm soooo tempted to set up a tank for them in my home. I can watch these little guys for an hour!


Also he brought me a 15 pound (I'm guessing) Alligator snapper! They're a fascinating animal, but get way too large for the aquarium. Hopefully I'll place this one in a fenced-in pond.




I tried to get a shot of him "luring," but he shut his mouth everytime i got the camera close to the tank. They have a fleshy appendage on the tip of their tongue that they wiggle and lure fishes in for the kill. I'd seen it on Discovery channel, but it's too cool to see in person.

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Wow I remember on Discovery they were showing how the alligator turtle could snap off your finger if you were dumb enough to do it.

They took like tree branches and those turtles snapped it off like it was cheesy strings.

I like turtles too--I used to have a pair of RES a while ago when I was really young but they died.

They sure need a lot of space though!
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those are some cool looking turtles they are so small looking

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soo cute, is the razorback musk turtles the one climbing the plant?

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wow i love turtles. i thinks its an alligator snapper too. they have one in the bronx zoo, it is HUGE (so be ready to release the guy if they are native to your area, or find a zoo or something that will take him).
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cute turtles but i'd release the snapping turtle.

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I've read about Turtles before and if you plan to keep all of those you'll need a huge tank or even a pond.... which isn't a bad thing when you think about it

How long are you keeping them for?

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I used to have small RES when I was a kid in California. One day, he got out of the tank, and I never found him. I always felt so guilty about that.

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Love the razorback. We use to have a common musk, Eastern painted, Southern painted and a northern diamond back terrapin. We gave ours to a school teacher friend who has them in his classroom.

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cute turtles but i'd release the snapping turtle.
It would be pretty irresponsible to simply turn it loose.

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It would be pretty irresponsible to simply turn it loose.
Not if you find the right habitat where they won't be bothered. or find a good zoo that might have a better habitat. snappers in general are mean beasties.

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Nice turtles!

I've had two RES for about 25 years now. I bought them when they were just tiny little things and never thought they would live so long. They are my buddies though. In 25 years you build a strong friendship.
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DO IT!! I have a 75 Gallon set up with 3 Diamondback Terrapins and 1 RES. I could watch them for hours too.. Escpecially since they come and greet you like little puppies. They're fearless. They always nip at my fingers when I clean their tank. Yes.. the salomenlla scare is overblown still I take every percaution to clean up every time I come in contact with their water.
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