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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   Aaron Silverman

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Posted October 02 2012 - 03:48 AM

Hey gang, Tropical Storm Isaac washed a hatchling turtle up to our house (there's no way he could've gotten up the front steps by himself!), and we've adopted him (I *think* it's a him, anyway). . .I'm pretty sure it's a red-bellied cooter. I did some reading, talked to the folks at the local pet shop, and decided to keep him and take care of him properly -- got a tank, filter, UV light and heat light, etc. It's been a little over a month, and he seems to be doing OK. One strange thing, though. . .he never comes out of the water of his own accord. There's a floating "dock" that he could climb onto, but he never does more than hang on the edge of it. (It has a ramp that goes into the water, so he *could* climb up if he wanted to.) I think he's just still shy due to being a baby (he's still under 2" upper shell length). He's getting a little less shy, only rushing down to hide from approaching humans about half the time instead of all the time, and he'll come right up and eat when we give him food. We try to take him out and let him run around outside on our screened-in patio for 30-60 minutes a day, since my understanding is that it's important for him to dry out and get some sun every day. Just wondering if anyone knowledgeable about turtles has any advice. I realize that he'll eventually grow to over a foot in length and will need a huge tank or a backyard pond, so we're aware of the commitment. We were a little unsure at first, but he's really ingratiated himself. :) You might imagine what happened when, without really considering the consequences, I typed "how to take care of a cooter" into Google. . . :jawdrop::confused::D
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#2 of 7 OFFLINE   Jay H

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Posted October 02 2012 - 04:41 AM

Maybe somebody with actual knowledge knows but when I come across a turtle or turles when I'm paddling, they usually go into the water as their "safe spot" and only when it's all clear they hang out on dead branches and rocks to sun themselves. So, the guy is just feeling more safe in the water than on your little dock.. Maybe give him/her a little more time or perhaps leave the heat lamp on but only observe from a distance to see if he comes out when nobody is around. If you have a good idea of the type of turtle, you're probably better off googling that than "Cooter" :D Jay
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Posted October 02 2012 - 04:45 AM

Cooter...well, let's just say my last party had a playlist that featured lots of Esthero and Vanessa Daou...ahem...moving on... Caring for a turtle is only slightly more tough than caring for a gecko. As long as the water is fresh and they have food...and you check the heat lamp bulb, they are good to go. Edit: My GF sells for one of the companies that offers plastic stuff that isn't Tupperware...

#4 of 7 OFFLINE   Aaron Silverman

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Posted October 02 2012 - 05:54 AM

Jay, I'm not sure that googling "redbellied cooter" would be much better! :)
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Posted October 02 2012 - 06:53 AM

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Posted October 02 2012 - 06:56 AM

Sad part... I wonder how many people are gonna be... "I don't remember him in the movie"...

#7 of 7 OFFLINE   Aaron Silverman

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Posted October 03 2012 - 04:40 AM

I never saw the movie. :)
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