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Turtle size and health check up

Discussion in 'Common Health Problems, Injuries and Treatments' started by matty_g_8, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. matty_g_8

    matty_g_8 Sub-Adult Turtle

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    That is where I got confused as we had been feeding him too much a year ago and was told to slow down to ever 2-3 days. So going forward I'll ensure he is fed pellets at least 2-3 times per week and feed him the other insects on the other days, portions the size of his head.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Bentaz

    Bentaz Juvenile Turtle

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    It's a real balancing act getting the feeding ratios just right hey!
    With everything I've learnt in the couple of weeks I've been on this site I can't believe that I kept my long necks for 10 years without killing them (they didn't only live 10 years, that was just how long I had them for before we moved interstate and I found them a nice new home in QLD).
    I think that in that 10 years I did just about everything wrong that was possible.
     
  3. Aussiepride83

    Aussiepride83 Super Moderator
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    Not really, it's like anything... Snakes for example might eat a meal once a fortnight or once a month, if keeping captive snakes, you replicate that. Turtles are the same, (they don't eat every day in the wild), all reptiles for that matter don't eat every single day, they and they definitely don't need to in captivity either.
    Quality is a lot better than quantity. Turtles only need to be fed small amounts of food, sparingly but it needs to be of high quality and as close to natural as possible.
     
  4. matty_g_8

    matty_g_8 Sub-Adult Turtle

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    Update:

    Top of shell has cleared up and just a bit of flaking underneath.
    Just turned 2 last December and want to make sure he is tracking alright?
    Gets feed ever 2-3 days either pellets, woodies or earth worms.
    Trying to keep the tank stocked with duckweed, feeder fish, elodea or val if he hasn't ripped them out.

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  5. Craig

    Craig Administrator
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    Hi Matt, as soon as your turtle sheds its plastron scutes it will be in perfect condition!
     
  6. matty_g_8

    matty_g_8 Sub-Adult Turtle

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    Thanks, good to know. Does his size seem alright?
    Also currently setup in a 3x2x2 tank. What size should we look to upgrade?
     
  7. Craig

    Craig Administrator
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    Sorry Matt, I missed this one.
    You should upgrade to a larger tank as soon as you can afford it. A 3ft tank is quite small however being 2ft wide and 2 ft high if you can upgrade sometime this year it will be fine.

    Yes his size seems OK.
     
  8. matty_g_8

    matty_g_8 Sub-Adult Turtle

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    Thanks for that, I will start saving and look to get an upgrade hopefully this year.
    --- Double Post Merged, Mar 16, 2017, Original Post Date: Mar 6, 2017 ---
    What would be the best and biggest size we would need to look at getting?