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  • patrice whittaker
    thanks alex. i have a cooter, a slider, a painted and a map.  the map is the only female.  perhaps since they are different species, and the three are male,
    Message 1 of 4 , Dec 1 4:41 AM
      thanks alex.
      i have a cooter, a slider, a painted and a map.  the map is the only female.  perhaps since they are different species, and the three are male, this may be why they fight.  though when there were just the two (female map), and (slider, male), they faught.  actually the female bit the male and this is how i found the male to be very ill.  when he recovered many months later, he began to bite and try to mate with her.  as the others came along, the males began to fight.  they have been in plastic tubs, and only allowed swim time in the tub for the past couple of years.  when i give them plenty of crawfish and whole fresh picked dandelions, the just go about devouring their food, not wanting to fight.  when they finish their food, they fight.  i have tried coupling them in all possible ways.  the female who used to be very agressive , now just seems try to keep from getting bitten.  the little painted who used to be non-aggressive seems to want to fight the female.  the cooter and slider want to fight each other and the other two.
      so, stocking the tank may be a good idea?  my hope is that it may divert their attention from fighting if there is other movement in the tank.
      i usually get the crawfish from the bait store.  they will eat veggies with dirt; like the dandelions, but not much else.
       for a couple of years now have wanted to prep them for wild release.  are there any new developments in terms of whether this should be done?  last i heard this was a no no.


      From: Alex Netherton <danetherton@...>
      To: waterturtles@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2008 11:52:44 PM
      Subject: Re: [waterturtles] Re: stocking tanks

      Well, it depends on the species, whether they will fight or not. Most of
      the Cooters, Sliders, Painteds, Maps, and False Maps (family Emydidae)
      won't bother each other, but if you have Snappers or Soft Shells, they
      might.Best is to have plenty of room, plenty of food, plenty of
      vegetables (Anacharis from the pet store), and hiding places can make a
      world of difference. I have never had trouble with live food. Minnows
      are cool to have in the tank, and disappear over the corse of a few
      days. Feeder fish can be had from any pet center. Crawfish can be caught.

      Hope this helps

      Alex Netherton
      Asheville, NC
      Please visit my blog at http://blueridgedis covery.blogspot. com
      or my Web site at http://blueridgedis covery.com
      danetherton (without SPAM) at charter (period) net

      kathyturtles wrote:

      >
      > --- In waterturtles@ yahoogroups. com
      > <mailto:waterturtle s%40yahoogroups. com>, patrice whittaker <patrah2u@.. .>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > > hello and greetings all;
      > > thank you for welcoming me into the waterturtles community.
      > > i have four waterturtles who have had a way to go the last couple
      > of years in terms of environmental accomodations.
      > > i have recently re-acquired their tanks which are ample for the
      > four turtles.
      > > they sometimes fight, usually when in water. i would like to know
      > if there are ways to curb this, possibly eliminate it without
      > rotating time in tanks.
      > > my other ?? is whether it is a good idea to stock the tanks
      with
      > live foods such as feeder fish and crawfish; the latter of which is
      > one of their favorites.
      > > patrice
      > >
      > Hi Patrice
      >
      > I have 6 turles & have had to separate all of them.
      > My one turtle laid eggs & was biting all the other turtles that is
      > why.
      >
      > Kathy
      >
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