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Thread: Turtles

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    Ok, so like ScottishFish and Rue, I've been bit by the "I wanna reptile" bug, the difference being in that currently, I am looking at turtles. Not sure which ones yet, but I was thinking of putting it in something like a 55 gallon. I've been reading online on how to feed these guys and what filtration to get and stuff like that and I'm thinking of getting one that's mainly aquatic, like a slider. I do have some questions.
    What do you feed your turtle? (If you have one)
    I know I need a vet, but how often do you go there, just when they look sick?
    Is cycling the same as w/ fish?

    I will have a few more questions, but many are being answered as I go through reading. An advice would be helpful.
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    I like mud turtles, Kinosternon . They do not grow as big a sliders and i like how they can close their shll completely. Easy to feed using live fish
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    Oh also I have some questions on hibernation and such. Keeping turtles outside: is that good or bad? Will they hibernate on their own that way? Or is it best to keep them indoors? I am in Michigan. Also, I'm looking for a specie that doesn't hibernate to long.

    EDIT: thanks for the reply William, can live fish transmit diseases to turtles?
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    Kinosternon do not hibernte at al. Atleast not down here.
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    What is the feeding cycle like for your turtles? I have heard various responses to this, so I'm just not sure.
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    Mine allways have access to fish that they can hunt when they are hungry. The fish is restocked every week. Mine usually eat daily but i know from experince they can go weeks or even months without food.
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    When you say fish, you mean mainly feeder guppies correct? Can these transmit diseases to turtles?

    Also, turtles can't be sold until they reach at least 4 inches in the US, right? Is there a way around this or will I just need to wait until the small turtles I am looking at reach almost full maturity?
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    Sorry I am not familiar with the US rules for selling turtles.

    I use a number of different fish as feeder. Most are a lot bigger than guppies. I use a lot of larger live bearers and fat sleepers (and some bananas). Mine seems to like feeder fish that are 3-4 inch best. The turtles being 6-7 inch.
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    Thanks William. From doing research, it seems that the best turtle for me is either a mud as you said or a musk turtle and thanks for helping me with feeding
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