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#1 summerturtles

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 05:55 PM

Hello, I am inheriting the two turtles shown. They have lived in this habitat for the last twenty years. I'm wondering if they might be mud turtles and whether this habitat has been suitable. I have just built an outdoor enclosure suitable for box turtles which I thought I was getting! What will I need to add for these kids? THank you.

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 01:19 PM

We'll need closeups of the carapace and head to be sure, but they look like 3-toed box turtles to me. Keep them just like an eastern box turtle. They are land turtles, but like a shallow pan of water. Keep the substrate moist and feed them fruit, veggies, and protein (earthworms, etc).

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:49 AM

Do post more pictures, as it will help with identification. I agree, they look like they could be 3-toed box turtles. The substrate looks like it is bark? Depending on the kind, it can be toxic for their skin, so better to use a dirt/sand mix (where they can really dig down). Definitely, an outdoor habitat would be ideal for them, as that bin looks pretty small for 2 adult turtles. One reason many people think that turtles are boring to keep is they put them in small habitats, so the turtles don't move around much. But in a nice big space with a variety of hills, burrows/hides, plants etc., they can be very active and explore a lot.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 03:03 PM

Thank you for your responses. They arrived today and are, indeed, three-toed box turtles. So far, they love their new enclosure and I'll will search these forums further regarding proper care.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 07:03 PM

Here is a photo of the new kids. They are three-toed box turtles, yes? Do I need to trim their nails?

Thanks so much!

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 08:00 PM

yes, they are 3-toeds. Looks like they need a beak and a toenail trim.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:13 PM

I've begun working on the nails. I've never trimmed a turtle beak and would need to find a vet to do that. They have been moved outside and I'm feeding the on a patio block and have added cuttlebone. Any chance they will wear down naturally over the summer or do they need an actual trim immediately?

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:56 PM

I'd do the nails yourself and try to wear the beak down by feeding cuttlebone and feeding on your block patio.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 07:48 PM

Thank you, again! I will try to post more pictures so you may help me to determine gender. One is very shy and the other is out of the shell a lot. The eyes seem to be more pinkish in the camera lights. I'll try to get better pictures.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 09:50 AM

First four photos are Turtle 1. Second four are Turtle 2.

Help with gender, please?

Thank you so much!

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 02:37 PM

Beaks are easy to trim. I would do that asap so they can consume food easier. It looks like their beaks get in the way of eating. Use a box cutter or grinding tool like a Dremml or something. You can use a picture of anther box turtle as a guide.




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