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Three-Striped Mud Turtles: BOLD & PINSTRIPE

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  1. cdmay

    cdmay Well-Known Member 10 Year Member!

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    Yeah, they both look fine.
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    Pastel Tortie Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    Thanks. :) Any idea how big they have to get before we can determine their sex?
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    cdmay Well-Known Member 10 Year Member!

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    You should be able to sex them fairly early in their lives. I’ve found wild young stinkers that displayed the tail of a little male that were as small as two inches.
    If one of them IS a male, you will start to notice his tail growing thicker and longer...and it he will begin to carry it curled to one side of his rear end, or the other.
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    Pastel Tortie Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    We spent the weekend retrofitting and upgrading the 20 gallon long tank the mud turtle hatchlings have been living in for the last few months.

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    It is a work in progress, Day 3. For the most part, the tank furnishings go where there turtles want them. Pinstripe is good at letting us know where he wants a rock or plant to go, so he can rest closer to the surface. Bold can stand with his toes on the bottom and stretch upward with that long neck far enough to get his nares out of the water.

    Bold doing his impression of a periscope.
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    Pastel Tortie Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    Ready... Set...
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    Action!
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    What a BOLD finish!

    Quick photo op at the finish line
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    Thank you, my adoring fans!

    Enough for now! Farewell!
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    Pastel Tortie Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    Turtles just being turtles.
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    That's Bold in front and Pinstripe in back.
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    Pastel Tortie Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    I measured the turtles on Saturday, while they were out of the enclosure due to remodeling.

    February 9, 2019
    Bold measured right at 2 inches SCL, and Pinstripe measured 1 and 11/32 inches (almost 1 and 3/8 inches).
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    We have had them for almost 6 months now.
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    cdmay Well-Known Member 10 Year Member!

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    Beautiful!
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    The substrate in the mud turtle tank is sand (Imagitarium brand from Petco), with various sizes of river pebbles, Java moss and other plants on top of it. I/we have had some reservations about using sand as a substrate, due to the risk of the turtles ingesting it and possibly becoming impacted.

    We did not want to use aquarium gravel because the pieces tend to be the same sizes, shapes and colors of various commercial foods we are likely to feed the turtles at some point. This is a special consideration for mud turtles because they often prefer feeding at the bottom of the tank, instead of the water's surface. Eventually, most pellets do sink.

    I did a lot of observing the first couple days to see how the turtles would deal with the sand and whether they were likely to eat it. Sure enough, early on Pinstripe got a mouthful of sand particles... and proceeded to spit them out, one by one. So the turtles can tell the difference. :)

    It took a while longer (another day or two), but I eventually saw Bold spitting out sand particles as well. Confirmation that both turtles can tell the difference! :D

    Bold's favorite food is the Zoo Med Natural Aquatic Turtle Hatchling pellets, which are a different color, but not so different in size, from the sand particles... So that's been a concern. I'm hoping to switch Bold over to the next size up, the Zoo Med Natural Aquatic Turtle Growth formula, which has larger pellets that would be easier to distinguish from the sand particles. So far, Bold isn't nearly as interested in the larger pellets.
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    Bold and Pinstripe have been busy with landscaping their tank. It's funny... We're finding Java moss and anacharis stems IN their hides now. I don't know how much of that is intentional on their part, but the plants are probably ending up where the turtles like them.

    Bold seems pleased with their landscaping efforts.

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    Thank you! These little guys are so entertaining... and charming!
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    Last night I caught Pinstripe on top of the artificial log hide. Yay! I'm really happy about that because it's the first time I've seen either turtle out of the water. :)

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    In some ways, it's surprising to see PINSTRIPE out of the water first. It is BOLD who is the known escape artist!
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    Oh I am loving this thread. I am almost tempted to get a turtle. [emoji6]
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    Caught Bold out of the water yesterday evening... Yay!
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    I think Bold gets the award for strangest basking position I've seen so far. :D
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    My other half took some pictures with the camera and managed to catch Bold sleeping (I think) on the log.
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    The cutest picture of Bold basking (courtesy of my other half)
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    Same photographer, more Bold... Up close!
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    Real close! Look at the detail on Bold's face!
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    And some shots of Pinstripe, who takes cute to a whole new level... :D
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    Last one for now, but this picture has great detail of Bold doing another periscope impression.
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    You can actually see the lines on Bold's plastron where the two hinges are on a three-striped mud turtle.
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