Reptiles/Hatchling Mississippi Map Turtle
QUESTION: I have 2 hatchling Mississippi Map turtles, one of them is fine but the other (Curtis) sleeps all day and I am not sure if he eats because I leave the room to see if he's just scared of me and will eat when I'm not there. He is really really lazy and I never see him swimming around like his brother. Is he sick or is this normal?
(40 Gallon Breeder, 125GPH filter, Heat lamp, UVB Lamp, EHIEM Heater, and pond rocks.)
ANSWER: Hello Bennett,
Are they housed together?
Did you get them at the same time? Do you have any pictures of him?
A 40 gallon tank should be sufficient for housing them together.
Is his brother possibly dominating them?
He could have worms or parasites that could be affecting him health. Is he losing any weight that you can tell?
It isn't normal for him not to eat & swim around though, he should be much more active.
Let me know how he is doing.
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QUESTION: I got them at the same time and from the same place. I most certainly do not think one is dominating the other because there is plenty of space for them to be a part and to my knowledge there has been no physical engagement. Like I said before there is a slight possibility that he is eating and + the fact that is no noticible weight loss. He just is a very very very lazy turtle. Maybe he's trying to hibernate?
Ok, that is good to know. The 40 gallon is pretty good sized for them both.
You may find though, that sometimes the males might become aggressive towards each other as they become adults.
Curtis is very cute, too! The babies would not brumate, they are too young. They could perhaps have a slight slow down but not a full brumation. His brother would likely be going through the same thing, too.
They all have different personalities. It may just take him a little longer to adjust than his brother did for some reason.
Since he isn't losing weight & isn't acting ill, other than him just being lazy & sleepy more, I would just continue to offer food for him. Have you tried hand feeding him at all?
Which type & brand of UVB are you using? How often are you giving calcium for them?