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Identifying Baby Turtle

Discussion in 'Turtles' started by smilewide, Feb 1, 2009.

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  1. smilewide

    smilewide New Member

    I've had this turtle for 5 months. I know this will sound terrible but, I found it in the wild and decided to take it home with me. I am well aware of the fact that I shouldn't have but I did it out of impulse. When I found it, it was about the size of a dime and it's shell was practically mush. Now, it is about the size of a quarter and has a nice, healthy shell.

    It lives in a 10 gallon tank, filled about 3.5in. with a floating dock, house and heater. There is a UVB heating lamp also attached to the tank. I feed it a standard turtle food I picked up at the store and occasionally add shrimp. It enjoys being in the water and will scurry around the bottom, but I rarely see it swimming. It also enjoys when I take it out and it wanders around on my bed. Truth be told, I have read almost every website regarding raising turtles, I take very good care of it and keep it's environment and the turtle itself clean.

    Basically, I was wondering if anyone could help me in figuring out what kind of turtle I have. I am incredibly curious and would love some input. I would not appreciate negative comments or comments telling me to put it back into the wild. I understand what I did was wrong but I've had it for 5 months, I'm not about to put it back in the wild. In addition to that, it is FREEZING outside.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this.
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  2. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    That shell looks awfully pyramided. What UVB bulb are you using? How old is it?

    At 3.5 inches, a 10 gallon tank is already too small. The general rule of thumb is 10 gallons of tank per inch of shell, so if he's 3.5 inches, he already could us a 35 gallon tank.

    What area are you from? That would help us identify him.

    And clearly putting him outside RIGHT NOW would kill him. And now that you have taken him, I don't think you can let him go legally, so its best just to take care of him as best as possible and I'm glad you want to do that.
  3. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Better check that bulb. The basking/heating bulbs that are sold are NOT UVB gnerating bulbs. What brand and configuration is the bulb?
  4. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    That is a Stinkpot Turtle - Sternotherus Odoratus (no joke) they are a very common species, and their shell is naturally a little 'pyramid looking'.

    They are part of the family of turtles including musk and mud turtles.

    The shell appears pyramided because of the angle - these turtles have a very deep shell, and the vertebral scutes tend to form a slight ridge. The scutes on the sides are flatter. Seen directly from the front, these little guys look almost triangular.
  5. MadDog

    MadDog Elite Member

    What you could do is go online and type in turtle species of -what ever state or area you live in- on google. I've did this before and i have found alot of good web sites for my state and area -South Georgia-
  6. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    Thanks for the ID and the info Dragoness. :)
  7. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    No prob - I used to have 5 of those little guys when I lived up north - they are common throughout most of the states. common as dirt. very hardy - they adapt very easily to captivity. and nice in that they don't get very big.
  8. SpecterGT260

    SpecterGT260 Elite Member

    out of curiosity what is "pyramided". I mean, i can figure out what u mean. I guess im asking if "pyramiding" is a symptom of health issues with turtles.
  9. briana1399

    briana1399 Elite Member

    Pyramided is a shape. Just like a circle or square. Well not just like. It comes up into a point like in Egypt. :) Like put three tip of triangles together at the top and that is a pyramided. Get it?
  10. SpecterGT260

    SpecterGT260 Elite Member

    oh come on now, i said I know where shes getting the term. the way she used it in her post made it sound like its something that can happen with certain health issues. "that shell looks awefully pyramided" sounds like shes using some herp health lingo, u know?
  11. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    pyramiding is a health issue with turtles. Dietary problems lead to pyramiding of the scutes (Scutes are the scales on the back), and in most species, the scutes are all very flat, and the shell is overall pretty smooth. Turtles with pyramided shells have an overall lumpy appearance.
  12. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

  13. Ahura

    Ahura Elite Member

    Looks like a Reeve's turtle to me. Reeve's have three scutes on the back of their shell and have black skin with yellow stripes.
  14. Ahura

    Ahura Elite Member

    Actually the Reeve's originates from China. It looks very similar to the stinkpot.
  15. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    stinkpots are cute little things, and common as rocks. They do very well in captivity. Even WC ones adapt very well.
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