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#1 Greenslider

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:24 PM

There's the torts and then there's my longtime buddies..kept these as a kid in the '70s and into the late 80's as well..unfortunately learnt all i know now on the bones of the predecessors..I've kept several species over the years..just moved a 3kg chelydra serpentina to a zoo last october..gorgeous specimen...rescued him, fattened him up and he moved on..anyway heres a few photos...

Pond early (maybe late april) 2009
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Pseudemys Peninsularis (peninsular cooter) male 8yo last autumn
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Pseudemys Nelsoni (florida red belly) female 5yo last autumn
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Family photo..a few scriptas (hybrids and YBS, a river cooter (Pseudemys Concinna Concinna) ..the red belly there as well)
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The Chelydra Serpentina (common snapping turtle) hogging my 4' tank for 6 months..he ate lig a piggie and was accepted at a reptile zoo up the country....fabulous specimen. He had no health issues..the kid looked after him til he got bored and bought caimans, so no MBD.wasnt unhappy parting though
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Cheeky pic of male Pseudemys Peninsularis basking beside pond..he's the only one to do this..the others vie for platform spaces
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Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:49 PM

Lovely specimens and pics. :) You certainly have an acquired taste. ^_^ Thanks for sharing! ;)
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 04:16 AM

wow looks great lovely pictures :)

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 07:49 PM

wow,lovely photo's thanks for sharing.
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 08:57 PM

well smart.i love them!!

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 05:12 PM

Oh wow! How interesting to see and hear about them all, thankyou for sharing.
There set ups must be difficult to organise? Are they very hard to look after?

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 10:44 PM

Beautiful animals.Diamondbacks are specialist stuff....water quality and brackishness has to be spot on I'm told...gorgeous looking breed . My dream breed are the Emys Orbicularis..the most widespread of our euro species. Had the opportunity ( for the first and probably last time) last year to get two rare UKCB Emys but I have my hands full with all these North american chaps..and could not resource a species specific habitat..damn recession! I don't overwinter them outside though many keepers do. There are still considerable risks to warm temperate species when subjected to potentially anoxic conditions in garden ponds..some folk keep airstones and small pumps running all winter. Add to this that overall annual summertime temps are well below their preferred range, affecting feeding habits and immune response and I prefer to keep them in from Nov to April.
Water quality and basking temps are important when they are inside,as is humidity..they are susceptible to respiratory problems from air humidity. As hatchlings most North American Scripta and Pseudemys species need 24c-26c water and 32-34c basking temps with UV..External filtration is desirable or else cleaning becomes a daily chore...so they are messy once in the home and all that poop, filthy filter media and wet turtle makes them a test of my hygiene conscious Mrs...no need to say I use lots of Hibiscrub and sometimes dry broken skin from the use of . If these chaps were not so cheap there woldnt be so many up for rehome, nor eejits like me taking them. The Common Snapper was a prime example of a totally unsuitable breed being sold to any Tom ,Dick or Harry..however , at least he had UV light all through his original owners custodianship.,,though many people are under the impression they don't need it.I've seen some animals (Alligator Snappers, Common Snappers..and on one occassion a Redfoot Tortoise) with plastrons that look like twisted bubble gum from poor diet and lack of UV.

...so god bless our cosy little CB Hermannis!

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 12:35 PM

Fascinating to hear about your turtles. Most educational and informative. Thank you so much for sharing your experience and expertise with other members here. ;)
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Posted 24 April 2012 - 07:34 PM

that was interesting,dont know any thing about these but nice to hear what others have and do :)




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