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i have 1 large red eared slider i rescued from a family keeping him in a very small tank (pet store) and a small eastern painted I also rescued. From a snapping turtle as a hatching. He doesn't have one of his legs but he moves around fine.They are in a 155 gallon tank. Can I have 1 or 2 baby turtles possibly? (cooter or yellow belly) I saw that they get big though. (i don't know the humidity.) One rock for each turtle plus an extra (large) corner suction cupped rock. (sometimes they share.) They have 2 regular heat lamps and a night lamp.(its a custom tank so i cant find a proper cover) I believe they are from Zilla. I don't know the wattage, or the UBV. I don't know if the previous owners brought him to the vet. The large one sheds and the small one has never. I give feeder fish to them and 6 pellets to the big one and 3 to the small. In the morning and afternoon. I give 4 and 2 before I go to bed. I just fed them 30 minutes ago. I cleaned the tank on Friday. no other animals in the terrarium. I was wondering if i could possibly get more turtles. Thanks a lot for your time. PS. i have a small filter a heavy duty and another tetra fauna waterfall filter. the tank stays very clean.

Look, if you can't even tell me what wattage your basking lamps are...whether they are UVB or not and anything else about them...give a specific size of your turtles...list the specific food you are feeding them...give a basking temperature (I'm guessing you don't have a thermometer either) can't tell me what your filtration capacity is...and just generally did not follow the instructions...then what do you expect me to say besides "NO"?

I'm not a fan of encouraging people, especially kids, to keep reptiles as pets, when they can't tell me much about what they are doing and their habitat conditions. It tells me you don't understand much about what is going on, and that staying informed about your husbandry isn't that important to you. You should be able to provide a lot more facts about your conditions than you have, if you want any kind of endorsement from me. You need to get better informed about what you are doing and what you have going on with what you already have, before you go asking about something else, my god, especially poor babies that are going to be at the mercy of your knowledge. Reptiles just isn't a game for kids to be involved in, if you want my honest opinion.  


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YOU WILL GET A REJECTION OF YOUR QUESTION IF YOU FAIL TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS TO QUESTIONER IN FULL!!. I am primarily here to assist with health concerns. I am here for the more difficult questions. Not for questions that you could research and easily find the answer yourself. I have stringent standards that you provide DETAILED and RELEVANT background history on your pet before you ask me ANY question about it other than GENDER or ID. The requested information is in the instructions to questioner. Failure to answer EACH of those questions to provide that background will result in your question being REJECTED. I can answer questions related reptile husbandry, identification (esp. in Texas and the SW), legal aspects, and intermediate-advanced level medical care. I am the director of Wichita Falls Reptile Rescue (TX), a wildlife rehabilitator specializing in reptiles, a founding member of The Society for Horned Lizard Preservation, a subscriber to the International Veterinary Information Service,,, and a Dept of State Health Services certified animal control instructor (CE) for reptile handling. I do most of my own veterinary care in-house. I am most experienced in Chelonia (turtles&torts) with box turtles and common smaller tortoises; and in Squamata (lizards & snakes) with everything from Anoles, Geckos, Beardies, and Monitors, to venomous snakes. I am most known for my expertise with horned lizards (Phrynosoma). With snakes, my primary expertise is in Crotalids (rattlesnakes), but I can answer a broad range of questions about various species. I am not aware of any reptile related question, in general, that I would not be able to provide some reasonable answer for. I have a direct style and may tell you something you did not want to hear; but the welfare of the animal comes first with me, and I will always reflect that position in my answer.


I am an amateur herpetologist, with 20+ years experience in reptiles. I am a reptile rescuer and subscriber to the International Veterinary Information Service. I have medical and scientific resources available, and have had to learn herp medical care over the years. I am not a vet, but I read from the same materials and have had to correct a few in the past, as it related to reptiles. My specific area of expertise is in Chelonians ( primary- Box Turtles ), Phrynosoma ( Horned Lizards ), and Crotalids ( primary- Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes ); though I have some knowledge and/or experience also with aquatic turtles ( primary- Red Eared Sliders ), tortoises ( primary-Sulcata and Horsfieldii ), monitors ( primary- Savannah ), many other smaller lizards, and with some colubrid snakes.

I am currently the caretaker of 5 Horned Lizards, 22 Box Turtles, 18 aquatic turtles, 7 fire Bellied Toads, 3 Green Iguanas, 1 Spiny Lizard, 1 Bullsnake, 5 Eastern Ratsnakes, 4 Great Plains x Eastern Ratsnakes, 1 Albino Great Plains Ratsnake, 1 Massasauga Rattlesnake, 1 Leopard Gecko, 7 Fox Squirrels, 2 Deer Mice, 2 Hispid Cotton Rats, 3 Merriam's Pocket Mice, 1 Cotton-Tail, 1 Former racing pigeon, and 1 Budgie. Previously: Leopard Geckos, Golden Gecko, African White-Spotted Wall Gecko, Mediterranean Geckos, Bahama Anoles, Ca. Kingsnake, Brazilian Rainbow Boa, Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes, Russian Tortoise, Savannah Monitor, and Eastern Cotton-tail rabbits.


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Publications contributor. The Horned Lizard Husbandry Manual - self published 75 pages of care information on genus Phrynosoma.

Wikipedia entry "Horned Lizards" - contributed to a majority of the content., and various reptile related forums and email lists under the handles "fireside3" and PhrynosomaTexas".

My 20+ yrs of hands-on field, rehabilitation, and captive husbandry experience beats a PhD any day of the week. I am also a state accredited animal control instructor for reptile handling.

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I was requested to provide my care manual on the Desert Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma platyrhinos), for the Montreal zoo. My manual is also used by several other zoological institutions in N. America. I also teach reptile education to summer camps, and instruct wildlife rehabilitators on live saving and rehab techniques with reptiles.

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