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Title: I Found A Baby Turtle What Do I Do?
Description: possible baby snapping turtle


Ayame_The_Broken_Child - April 2, 2007 11:26 PM (GMT)
I need some help.
I just found a baby turtle in my neighbor's drive way
that is about five centimeters long,
and I'm not sure what to do with it.
What do I feed it?
What do I put it in?
There is a bayou behind mine and my neighbor's house,
and that's where I'm assuming the turtle came from.
I believe that it's a baby snapping turtle,
I'm not completely sure.
Right now I've got it in a small plastic container
with about two centimeters of water probably about 70degrees F.
I've got some shells and things in one corner of the container,
and some grass in another corner of the container for the turtle.
I also put a little bit of fish food in the water for the turtle,
but he/she doesn't seem interested in the food.
Any suggestions of what I should do.
Anyone?

Anything would be very helpful.
Thanks in advance.

Robyn - April 3, 2007 05:37 PM (GMT)
If it's a snapping turtle, at 2" long, it was probably born last fall, overwintered under ground, and came out recently. They are about an inch long when born.

The best thing to do is to release the turtle. If you keep the turtle, see http://www.fishpondinfo.com/turtles/hatchling.htm for care information. They only want to eat small live animals like live blackworms at first. Small bugs from the yard are ok if the area is not sprayed with chemicals. Snapping turtles won't eat fish food or grass. My pages have information on proper setups and also photos of baby turtles to see if yours looks like the other baby snappers.

Ayame_The_Broken_Child - April 6, 2007 07:27 AM (GMT)
Thank you very much.
That was very helpful.
I'll be sure to either let it go or keep it
and read that page.
Thank you agian.
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