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#1 Turtlestork

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 02:14 PM

will the little white pellets in potting soil hurt my RES if eaten? i believe they are organic, but i am not sure. i could sift it, but it will take hours. :blink:

what should i do.
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Posted 24 April 2005 - 02:16 PM

Yes, That is a big no no potting soil and turtles do not go good together.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 02:20 PM

I have to think potting soil and baby box turtles go fine together. But a RES should be no where in the picture. Why would you need soil for a RES?

If you need something soil-like, get Lizard Litter jungle mix, looks just like soil, without the little white things. :)

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 02:22 PM

a nesting box is what i need it for.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 02:33 PM

For eggs?

Pack the nesting box with moss and soil and it should be fine. But if the turtle is wet, the little white things will stick to her.

Most turtles don't use a nesting box, they'll bury their eggs before they use one, in my experience.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 02:36 PM

so they do not cause harm for my turtle? you know what they are, right? i believe they are fertilizer. i will wash her off before i replace her in the tank.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 02:49 PM

The white stuff is Perlite and turtles love to eat it because they think that it's calcium and then they get impacted.Most potting soil has also fertilizer and chemicals in it that can really harm a turtle.My girls only accept clean garden soil.I also had good experiences with Bed-A-Beast and sand mixed at equal parts.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 02:51 PM

so, it is not safe? i can sift out a lot of the perlite, and only little pieces will be left. what if i wash it?

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 03:09 PM

Do you know if there is fertilizer and herbicides in it?Most potting soil has that nowadays.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 03:19 PM

There's potting soil and potting soil, if you know what I mean. Stay away from anything that says "potting mix" or that has anything added like fertilizer. Regular old potting soil should be fine - as long as it's just soil.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 03:21 PM

it says it has a bunch of compost stuff and perlite in it. i checked the whole bag and nothing says it has any chemicals. so i can use it if i get enough of the perlite out. i am sifting it with an aquarium top. the only perlite is very small. i will try to get as much out as possible.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 03:30 PM

I used a 3/2 mix of potting soil and sand (playsand). Seems to make easier digging.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 04:27 PM

:P Buy organic or sterile. No additives. Its usually cheap. Humus (peat moss) is good too.
If yoy want to sterlize it, microwave it wet for several minutes. It steams.
I use cocoanut soil w a little humus in my nursery.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 04:35 PM

i sifted it all out, so it is just pure soil. no chemicals

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 05:01 PM

Hello,

The perlite is very bad for your turtles, don't get soil that has any in it. Your best bet is to get peatmoss, it's very good.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 06:02 PM

i sifted it all out, so it is just pure soil. no chemicals

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Erm... physically sifting soil will NOT omit any chemicals. Chemicals will still be in the soil no matter how fine you sift it.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 07:05 PM

i was sorta in a hurry when typing. if i had time i would have said the soil never had any chemicals. i searched all over the bag. i sifted to get the perlite out. the only perlite is in very small quanity. all of them together would equal the size of a pencil eraser.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 09:19 PM

i use topsoil and moss . (not for nusery but for my EBT)

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 09:30 PM

you should either use topsoil that has nothing else in it or get a product that is meant specifically for reptile use. don't use the potting soil you have even if the perlite has been sifted out. it won't cost much at all to go out and buy something different.

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 10:14 AM

I have to think potting soil and baby box turtles go fine together. But a RES should be no where in the picture. Why would you need soil for a RES?


Mike, Potting soil is NOT a good idea for baby box turtles.
If it contains perlite (which is actually glass) or styrofoam you are going to have problem IF the turtle ingest it.


What you want to buy is TOPSOIL.




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