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    Solar Powered pumps ?

    Hey there! Yes I have been away for a while lol
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    Solar Powered pumps ?

    I had a pump with a built-in solar panel and it did not work well but if you want to invest in a 100w panel and a simple inverter with a deep cycle battery then that could potentially provide enough power to run all your pumps, filters, and even lighting at night. It will require the initial...
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    How to make a pond for aquatic turtles (images w/captions)

    Yes, and if you have a barrier they can also climb over it or dig underneath so be sure that your barrier is high enough to prevent climbing as well as having a deep enough foundation that they cannot dig under it.
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    Just dropping in to say hello:

    Wanted to make sure you guys and girls did not think I had disappeared from the face of the earth. Just been busy with juggling the rescue work and all my flying activities which takes up a lot of time. The helicopter will begin to be grounded for more hours each month as we move into the cold...
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    Turtle Advice:

    Generally I am the same way with most animals including the box turtles but captive bred RES turtles in particular as well as eastern painted turtles are notorious for carrying salmonella and some other gnarly bacteria strains including one type that leads to staph infection so I always...
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    Turtle Advice:

    It has been a while since I shared the Turtle Advice/Tips so when I got an email asking a particularly common yet important question I figured why not share the answer here in case any of you may have the same question. The question was in regard to handling the turtles and their environment...
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    Update

    Thanks for looking out for the email and you are right about spammers but both of those emails are published publicly on dozens of public forums already so it is okay. Generally I keep my personal email limited so although I check both of those emails they are not my main account so spam is not...
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    Update

    It has been a long time since I have been on or posted but I have not forgotten about the forum just have been really busy with updating and re-certification of my CPL-H (Helicopter pilot commercial license) plus keeping the turtles and rescue together. I did manage to help a friend I met a...
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    Hatchlings (Map + Painted)

    I have met a handful of people who didn't like turtles but after about 20 minutes with me they will either fall in love with turtles or will say so out of sheer surrender to my will lol. It probably wouldn't be too off to say the turtles are my life's work now.
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    Hatchlings (Map + Painted)

    That is generally a problem all around but here we are still under the 4" regulation and although not in any way required by law I personally will not house a turtle in a home where the primary caretaker is a child under either the actual or mental age of about 12. Too much risk to the child and...
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    Painted turtles in koi pond

    Also you have to take into account that when brumating they are on the knife edge of death really so they shut down their metabolic rate and all the infrastructural elements such as respiratory and circulatory slow down along with that. That is why it so important they get well fed before...
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    Hatchlings (Map + Painted)

    Just wait a few months. They will soon become little monsters hell bent on eating every spec of food in the rescue inventory :sneaky:
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    Painted turtles in koi pond

    They absorb oxygen through the coelomic cavity. To put it more frankly they quite literally breath through their butts :p although as an amateur turtle doctor I would probably characterize it more as infusion or absorption rather than breathing per se.
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    Hatchlings (Map + Painted)

    They are using the classic "stacking" technique that seems to come natural to them early on in life. Hard to say exactly why they do it but I theorize it has to do with appearing larger as a means to discourage would be predators since the guy on the bottom is in the shade then there has to be...
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    Small pond number 6 up and running:

    PS: I try and keep some plausible deniability though by maintaining that I simply dug a hole in the ground but the turtles turned it into a pond :sneaky:
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