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Post Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 6:59 pm   Help - I think I may have overfed?... advice appreciated

Due to research (albeit too late), I think I am over-feeding these guys.

I am working with a 'turtle guy' out of NJ who advised me to feed these three found hatchlings as much as they would eat. I think in part, he understands I am going to release them (or at least two of them), and wishes for them to be as big as possible. I was going to release them end of May, but I think I will wait until Spring next year (they are still too small to be safe from large fish and numerous waterfowl). I expect they may be more like 4+ inches next Spring and have a better shot at making it long-term.*

So I am ‘head-starting’ these little wild guys. We live in a gated golf community with lots of ponds and a feeder lake. It's a lovely place for a turtle to live and they seem to have a longer life expectancy in the wild. That being said, I think they are growing too fast...

I do plan to keep one of them because it seems 'special' in many ways. I don't think it has a nose. It looks as if it has a little hole where the pointed nose (with two little nostrils) should be. Both of the other turtles do have a well formed nose.

Anyway, all that being said, it's the growth I am concerned about. If I slow down to 3 Wardley reptile sticks per day, will this be sufficient? I typically give shrimp about once a week. They are approx. 3 months old and two are about 1.75", one is about 2.25". I am concerned about the growth due to the shell marks and research I have done. Perhaps it's normal to have this banding area around the scuts?

*If anyone believes the head-start turtles should be released sooner (to maintain their ‘wild’, please advise.)
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Dark space in between scuts looks to be about .125 inchs...
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Post Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 7:32 pm   Re: Help - I think I may have overfed?... advice appreciated

Yes, way over feeding them. Those seams are way too large. Cut down the pellets and skip any shrimp/fish/treats.
Depending on your location, you can release them sooner.
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