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Hatchling care

Discussion in 'General Turtle Care Discussion' started by Viley, Apr 1, 2017.

  1. Viley

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    Just got 5 newly hatched eastern long necks from a salvaged nest. Will look to release in a about 3 days (when safe and I’ve organised a new environment) but for now I need feeding and care recommendations please. Nest salvaged from an excavation site so re-release at sane spot is not an option but can release into Samar our property. Just want to make sure I feed them properly in the mean time and have the right food growing or living when I release. Any helpful advice appreciated.
     
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    Hi mate, what is Samar our property?
     
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    Oh sorry. I got autocorrected. I don't know how to edit it. "Into the dam at our property."
     
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    So will they be OK without eating for a couple of days? That feels like starving them.
     
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    They will definitely be fine. Reptiles have a much different metabolism to us starving mammals that need to eat 5 times/day.

    The little turtles won't even be hungry.
     
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    Hatchling turtles have at least 1-2 weeks of sustenance available to them through the yolk that they slowly absorb through their umbilicus.
     
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    Thank you. That is very helpful. My husband had been advised to give small portions of washed fresh prawns. It's possible these little guys hatched nearly a week ago and got trapped in the clay like dirt they were found in. So it's possible they've got a few more days of yolky goodness left.
     
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