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    My dad used to catch the smallest turtle he could find fishing in the everglades when we used to spend the winters down in florida.

    Kept 1 for about 3-4 months until it was time to leave and we let it go back were we found it.

    Except one time we forgot to bring it inside at night and some raccoon got it and all we found was an empty shell :(

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    A good site to go on for turtles is www.redearslider.com it tells you everything you would ever need to know about pet turtles and theres a forum on it so you can get help if you need it.

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    My brother has a 10-gallon tank with a few fish. Some kids had caught some baby turtles in a ditch and were keeping them in a pool, one of those little 4 foot molded plastic kinds. He got one from them and put it in his tank. Its been about 4 months now, the turtle is still alive and looks very happy. He swims about, doing flips and such, and plays tag with the algae-eating sucker fish. It hasn't eaten any fish, and eats fish food. It hasn't grown either, stays about 1.5-2 inches long.

    He is an escape artist though, and has gotten out when the only hole was about the size of a quarter, he didn't see it happen, not sure how. The hole was about 3 inches up from the water too. It just sat on top of the tank, didn't go anywhere. He has had to keep the water an inch or 2 lower than usual now.

    Again, no more extra maintenance than keeping the fish, not even special food, and like fish, it seems to stay at a size relative to its habitat. Ridiculously fun to watch, the sucker-fish tries to eat algae from its toes as it swims, they race around the plants and such with wild acrobatics.

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    That baby needs to be moved - and fairly soon...it needs room to grow to full size and certainly does need a proper diet.

    It may seem okay to the casual observer, but damage is being done by its current housing...
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    Damage how?

    Might I mention that Raphael is a ninja, and can fly.
    (at least we have concluded after weird escapes, even getting on a window ledge 2 feet away)

    I firmly believe that animals will grow to fit their environment with no ill effects, if I can live on a meager amount of food and not grow too big or get sick, then so can they. Many people live for 4 years or more in small dormrooms with only a cup or 2 of ramen a day, and they become some of the more productive members of society.

    Anyways, after he done remodeling, he's planning to get a 50 gallon tank.

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    So.......raising a german shepard in a yorkies cage would be OK with you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon_Lyle
    I firmly believe that animals will grow to fit their environment with no ill effects,.
    That's one of those urban myths people tell themselves to justify not providing proper space requirements. Studies have shown that animals have restricted space; bones don't grow properly, muscles don't grow properly. It is also damaging mentally. All animals need space and a stimulating evironment - if there isn't adequate stimulation proper mental development doesn't occur.

    Enrichment even benefits insects, as research on locusts has shown.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jon_Lyle
    Anyways, after he done remodeling, he's planning to get a 50 gallon tank.
    That's a great move...but a 75 g is the very min. he should go in.
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    Very good post Rue!
    *Keep Smiling, It Makes People Wonder What Your Up To*

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    Thanks!

    Does any one remember the plight of Russian babies in orphanages - this peaked back in the late '80s I think (Perestroika), but there are still issues with many European children.

    There were so many unwanted babies, they ended up in orphanages that were terribly underfunded and understaffed.

    Babies were kept in cribs until 3 years of age or so - the only contact most of them had was to be fed and changed. They didn't get to run around and they had no physical contact beyond the basics and no mental stimulation, toys, etc. Many could not walk, even at 3 years. Most spent their days laying in a catatonic state. There was nothing for them to do.

    The children grew up stunted physically and mentally - this is called 'failure to thrive'. I haven't kept up with the issues - I'm fairly sure none of those children can or did grow up to be 'normal' issues. They will always have health issues and will never be socially adept.
    Last edited by Rue; 06-26-2008 at 02:36 AM.
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    And were they happy? Did you ask them? The turtle is happy, he plays with the fishes, he goes on adventures. I think he can fly, he got onto a window ledge 2 feet away so he could tease the neighbor's dog. He's a wily rascal, him.

    Did I mention he's a ninja?

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