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New Baby RES, a few questions....

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Posted by: Jenn_A at Fri Aug 5 21:23:46 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Jenn_A ]  
   

My husband rescued 4 babies, slightly larger than a dollar coin, a few weeks ago. It's been hot as hell, their water was drying up and the site is scheduled for construction. Releasing them is not a good option, been the hottest summer on record (112 today) and everything is dried up. Anyway, I do know some, and they are growing and doing well. Have the light, filter, hides, dock and feeding turtle chow, insects(mostly wild caught) and up until a week ago, wild caught minnows and small perch. So here are my questions:

Is there a reliable way to sex these guys? I don't want more!

Will they fight if kept together?

They are in a 10 gallon tank now, water level is to the top, and I'm not heating the water, as room temp is around 80. But how warm should the water stay once winter hits? Do not want hibernation.

Right now my snake is in 125 gallon tank, we are building her a new cage, and plan to move the turtles in there. How long can I expect this to be big enough for all 4? 6 months, a year? Will it be big enough to house 2 of them for the long haul?

Do I need to supplement calcium or anything else? I have a hard time trusting turtle pellets I get at wal-mart, and pet stores carry the same brands.

They LOVE the minnows, but the creek dried up. They were eating as many as they could catch(maybe 1 or 2 a day)as I'd catch 20 and then just dump them in the tank. Should I feed them this much? I think they'd eat live prey till their shells split if they could catch it.

Anything else I should know? I do know they take alot of work, are dirty, and generally not very good pets, but the whole family now watches them instead of TV! I think we'll deal with the down side! One last thing, how do you load pictures?


   

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