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Old 08-04-2008, 11:28 PM
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i bought a baby map turtle a couple of days ago but i carnt get him to feed iv tryd him on bloodworms and earthworms and turtle sticks even choped prawn hes only about 2inch iv put his food in the water and on his basking spot any help would be great thanks.
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Old 08-04-2008, 11:55 PM
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It may still be settling in although it would be worth checking the temps of the water, If you didnt already know they feed in the water so placing food in the basking spot would be pointless - if the water is too cold then they will spend most of their time under the basking lamp, hardly going into the water. Keep persevering for a couple more days with the foods, also try some dandelion leaves etc, at this age they wont eat many greens but they should still be offered, mine really enjoy dandelions.
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Old 09-04-2008, 12:07 AM
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I agree, check your temps (water 25C, basking spot 32-35C) and adjust if neccessary, otherwise just give it time. It's not unusual for them to refuse food after a sudden change of environment, but they will usually eat eventually when they get hungry enough, it's very rare for a turt to starve itself to death if there's something edible on offer!

You might also want to take a look at your tank decor, is the tank bare, or does it have places for the turt to hide and feel secure? If you haven't done so already place some background material on the back and ends of the tank, so it's only open from the front, then it won't feel so exposed and vulnerable.

Maps in particular are notoriously skittish and are easily upset.
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thanks my temp is 80 in the water do you think this might be to hot
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80F is 26.7C which is a little bit high, but probably not enough to be a problem, what's the basking spot temp? Does it bask at all?
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the basking tem is about 86 and yes hes allways basking thanks you guys for all the help
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That's a bit cool for the basking spot, raise it to 32-35C and see if that helps.
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