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    johnpeten
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    I thought it would be easy to identify our local Lake Turtles.
    The closest I can get is mentioned above, possibly the sub species gorzugi. However they apparently don’t exist in Guatemala.
    I have never kept turtles before but I have done my homework and he/she has a large tank with a beach above the waterline with a lamp over it for sunbathing. I have asked the local boys to bring me some more.
    Many people say don’t use sand/gravel but that is the natural habitat here so I don’t see the harm.
    I am feeding regular flake and vegetable flake and it eats everything I provide.
    This is a youngster the width of the carapace is about 2 inches.

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    Mark Duffill
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    Looks very much like Trachemys venusta /blink.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:blink:” border=”0″ alt=”blink.gif” />

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    johnpeten
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    QUOTE (Mad Duff @ Oct 21 2009, 01:24 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Looks very much like Trachemys venusta /blink.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:blink:” border=”0″ alt=”blink.gif” />

    That’s my baby. Mesoamerican Slider. The drawings of the carapace and plastron in Jonathan Campbell’s voluminous writeup of Amphibians and Reptiles of Northern Guatemala, match exactly.

    I am sure the locals eat them, they eat anything that moves.

    Many thanks.

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    johnpeten
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    My young Turtle has become a pet. When it sees me it kicks up a fuss until I feed it. It takes food from my fingers and has a go at my fingers as well. It loves freeze dried bloodworms and the regular fish flake. It turns it’s nose up at veggies. It appears to go for “meat” items yet I was reading that this should only be about a quarter of it’s diet.
    Also it always appears to be hungry. Should I feed it until he doesn’t want any more?

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    Matt
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    If it’s anything like other Trachemys it’ll eat less meat as it grows; they need a lot of protein when young. I think males are more carnivorous then females too. Once a day is enough for feeding but once he or she gets a bit bigger you can leave lettuce, duckweed, etc. in there for it to browse on.

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    Malti
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    I think most people don’t use sand for visibility maybe? how big does it grow?

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    johnpeten
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    QUOTE (Malti @ Oct 31 2009, 08:07 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    how big does it grow?


    Unlike fish the adult size is described as like a dinner plate. They also have a very long life up to about 25 years apparently.

    I gave my young guy a slice of par-boiled zuccini. It took a couple of bites and then looked at me as though to say “OK now where is the good stuff”. However during the night it was completely consumed.

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