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Old 08-22-03, 12:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Baby Turtles in Need!

Hello Everyone,

This story starts out with me walking to my car at about 7 am two days ago and I notice a small tank besides our dumpster. Inside the tank were two very small what I believe to be red slider turtles. I brought them into the house and at lunch took them into the pet store to see if anyone can help these poor little guys. The Lady at the counter who I see on a regular basis goes on to tell me that these turtles are illegal because of there size and that they cannot take them in. I went on to ask what a basic set up for these guys would be. She told me that it would be over a hundred bucks. I know nothing about turtles so this is the only thing that I could think of doing. She informed me that the turtles look very very young and that without a heater and flor. light she was suprised that they have made it this long. Some guys that have been living in my apartment complex moved out this week so I think the bastards just left them to die by the dumpster. I really want to help the little guys out but I cannot afford a set up for them and I dont know what else to do.

So here's the offer, is there anyone in the southern California area that would like two REALLY cute baby turtles let me know!

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Old 08-22-03, 12:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Amy,
Try this page, Redsliders swamp , it's chock full of RES info.
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If u decide to keep them, u can buy a rubbermaid tub, they are really cheap. Should be just a few dollars. Just suspend the heat lamp on the side and lay the UVB lamp across the top. Much cheaper than aquariums.
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Here's a couple other great sites :

If they are Red Eared Sliders (RES) then you will find they are not a difficult nor expensive turtle to care for. You will also find they have wonderful little personalities & are very entertaining. You will also find more info in the general turtle/tortoise forum here. best of luck to you & please let us know how it goes. Dar.
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Old 08-22-03, 09:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I wish I could help! Please let me know what ends up happening to them...

The rubbermaid bin is a great idea, and they will stay small enough for a sweater box for about six months. If you can't afford the heat lamp I found a clamp lamp from a hardware store with a 50 watt flood light bulb init works great... set up a simple filter for now, one of those corner filters that only need filter floss and charcol?
The turtle pellets can be broken to be small enough and you cna get a normal flouresent light fixture and take use the proper bulb in it.

This should cut your costs to;

Rubbermaid or storage box- 7$
heat lamp- 7 calmp lamp, 1-2$ bulb
flrst fixture- 7$
Bulb - 20-30$
Filter- 10$ ( usually comes with the first instalment of filter media)
rocks- (to build up a basking area) free

Brings the total to about 52$ (CANADIAN) for a temperary set-up

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