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  •  The other thing turtles need (20+ / 0-)

    is plenty of natural sunlight.  My brothers and I had one of those dime-store green baby turtles - a red-eared slider - when we were kids, but this was in southern California, and my brothers and I were biology geeks from the start... we were able to provide it with a lot of live food (moths, snails), and a lot of vegetable food, space, and a lot of light.  It grew up into a big adult turtle, but very few of them do.

    Turtles should only be kept by people who can spend the time to understand their seasonality, vitamin D metabolism, provide sufficient calcium, diverse diet, etc.  And, like Lineatus correctly emphasized about parrots - spend the money and buy a captive-bred one. Too many wild turtles get collected.  I don't have any turtles now. If I were to recommend one it would probably be a captive-bred musk turtle.  Hardy, and they stay small.

    I can't understand people who raise snapping turtles - an adult snapping turtle is actually a fairly dangerous animal.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:08:53 AM PST

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