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RE: Softshell shell deformity - Please Help

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Posted by: rfb at Sun Nov 26 16:54:32 2006  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by rfb ]  
   

Sorry but thats incorrect. Softshells should be fed whole prey items. Fish, pinkies, worms etc. You can feed reptomin as well but it shouldn't make up the bulk of the diet. As long as the turtle has the temperatures it needs to utilize the diet correctly there should be no problems. I've raised many species of turtles including spiny's from hatchlings to adults without any problem and without benefit of any special UV as long as they were given adequate temperatures and a proper diet. Try feeding them minnows, worms, pinkies etc. and i think you'll find you are much more successful. Also mixing softies with hard shelled turtles is not a good idea. Too many chances for the softies to get a chunk taken out of them. Also, as they get larger the softies may turn on each other, so housing them seperately may be the only option. A 75 gallon tank is OK for now, but if you have any females you'll find you'll need something at least 120 gallons for a single specimen. My female spiny is HUGE. 13 inch carapace length. I tried putting a male in with her once but she killed him the first night. Anyway, best of luck. They are a rewarding species if kept properly. My female is in a 200 galln aquariom And she will actually stand up on her hind legs looking for handouts when I go near her tank. A real personality as far as turtles go.


   

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