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Old 12-13-2012, 06:37 PM   #7
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I've never kept a turtle long term, but I've known some people who did, and it seemed like ingesting substrate was a constant problem/risk.

I'd second the bare-bottom, and if you are concerned with appearances, you could try putting in some slate or lava rock siliconed in place, or even building a backdrop (and putting it on the bottom) like they do for palludariums.

I think the safest thing is either nothing, or rocks big enough they won't fit in the turtle's mouth.
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