General Care Discussion :: Need advice on my two baby RES turtles Buddy and Pearl

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Post Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:24 pm   Need advice on my two baby RES turtles Buddy and Pearl

Hi, i'm new here I have been reading others stories on here since my nephew got his baby res turtles early last month. Their names are Buddy ( :mrgreen: ) and Pearl
( :msgreen: ). I worry about them because we haven't got like the heater and such for them. Since my sister who did not know they need all these things and the person who sold her them didnt even tell her this and gave her the wrong pellets for them. Since I met them I got instantly attached and I worry. Because of this site and talking to friends with turtles I got the correct food for them (Pro Reptomin) even tho sadly their shells have pyramided a bit. I live in a tropical country where there is constant sun and where they are located they get shade and also alot of sun. Their water gets warm but not dangerously warm. I have seen then basking alot, Buddy even stretches his legs out to soak up all that sun xD. But I'm still worried about their shells and health. I have noticed that the back of the shell, near their tails are soft. I have smelled them they don't give me signs of shell rot but it''s still soft to me compared to the rest of the shell. I have listened to them and I don't hear any wheezing or heavy breathing. They eat fine and swim very quickly and are very active. They still aren't use to us since when they see us they run away but with food they don't. I'll post pictures of them.

(we will be getting their stuff soon as we ordered them.)

Pearl's Pictures
https://www.flickr.com/gp/164009957@N06/5Y49v2
https://www.flickr.com/gp/164009957@N06/8262nE
https://www.flickr.com/gp/164009957@N06/wpbUCd

Buddy's Pictures
https://www.flickr.com/gp/164009957@N06/6Y84i3
https://www.flickr.com/gp/164009957@N06/616Z64
https://www.flickr.com/gp/164009957@N06/W0oF42

Them together when I clean their tanks.
https://www.flickr.com/gp/164009957@N06/StH25d
https://www.flickr.com/gp/164009957@N06/wD699R

Any of you guys views and tips will be grately appreciated ^^
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Post Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:18 am   Re: Need advice on my two baby RES turtles Buddy and Pearl

I don’t have access to flickr at the moment but it sounds like you’re on the right path. What are the water temperatures? You might not need a heater.
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Post Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:40 pm   Re: Need advice on my two baby RES turtles Buddy and Pearl

Around 50-60 degrees. We bring them in at night, their water gets to be 40 or when it rains.
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Post Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:41 pm   Re: Need advice on my two baby RES turtles Buddy and Pearl

And I can post somewhere else so you can see the pictures if you want.
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Post Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:51 pm   Re: Need advice on my two baby RES turtles Buddy and Pearl

Aren't those temps very cool for a tropical country? What are you using to measure it? Baby RES should have water that is around 78-80F. I can view Imgur but you can also upload it to the forum as attachments.
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Post Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:14 pm   Re: Need advice on my two baby RES turtles Buddy and Pearl

I use a Thermometer. Yesterday water temps are what I gave you and we did have some rain. Today being sunshine and I just checked it is 82 But i think i may need to get a heater because at night their water temps are low.

This is them together. I put them in a bowl in the sun while i change their water.
https://imgur.com/w7rkam4

Buddy's Pictures
https://imgur.com/OBZ98IA
https://imgur.com/tBOwqY4
https://imgur.com/BzVJPcq

Pearl's Pictures
https://imgur.com/4A3JssB
https://imgur.com/jKnJ8pC
https://imgur.com/KyvnCVt
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Post Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:05 pm   Re: Need advice on my two baby RES turtles Buddy and Pearl

Buddy looks like he's growing too fast (eating too much). Pearl too, how much are you giving them?
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Post Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:44 pm   Re: Need advice on my two baby RES turtles Buddy and Pearl

we feed them twice a day and three pellets
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Post Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:05 pm   Re: Need advice on my two baby RES turtles Buddy and Pearl

I would suspect someone is sneaking them extra food. Very hard to resist their begging! I sort out their daily food in a pillbox when necessary.
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Post Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:00 am   Re: Need advice on my two baby RES turtles Buddy and Pearl

Haha they are very adorable. I am greeted by them every time I come home from classes and buddy gets very frantic when he sees me. Pearl takes her time and eat but buddy rushes his pellets down. How do you think I should feed them?
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Post Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:13 pm   Re: Need advice on my two baby RES turtles Buddy and Pearl

Sort out their food and hide the rest. Let family members feed them so they don't try to sneak them food? They probably need more than 6 pellets a day, but I suspect they are getting more than that.
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Post Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:37 pm   Re: Need advice on my two baby RES turtles Buddy and Pearl

6 pellets each? And Thank you very much for your help so far.
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Post Posted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:43 pm   Re: Need advice on my two baby RES turtles Buddy and Pearl

Anyway to show the size of pellets compared to them?
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Post Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:46 pm   Re: Need advice on my two baby RES turtles Buddy and Pearl

Here it is it's small, compared to their heads. my sister also chops up very very small pieces of tomatoes for them. They really like it.
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Post Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:17 pm   Re: Need advice on my two baby RES turtles Buddy and Pearl

Ok. Stick to 2/3 or 1/2 head size amount.
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